Healing Unit Frames

24 12 2009

Hey all. This is my first “real” post here (meaning my first article.)  Since I have added the Guides section to the blog, I just want to get some articles out there and information on the site, and when my reader-base is much higher (as I’m writing this post I haven’t got a single view yet) I will do more consistent posts. For example, a leveling series. One more thing; I’m pretty new to blogging so I don’t really have a style yet (remember the “yet” part.) Anyway, here is the guide:

If your going to be an end-game healer, you really need a healing unit frame. They are essential, you will become so much more effective with them. There was once a time where I didn’t use any. A guild member advised me to use HealBot and my HPS increased from 1500 to 3000+. Now, main-tank healers can get away without using them (only just) but raid-healers can’t. Many let you mouse over a raid member and press a key combination to start casting a spell on them (for example, left-click casts nourish with my set-up.) Ok, I’ll stop going on about how great they are now. Here are a few to consider: (These are not the only ones but are some of the best)

HealBot

An easy to use and configure add-on with low memory consumption. Good for starter-healing but as you get better it becomes less useful and the others explained in this guide become more useful.

Grid + Clique

Very customizable, popular with many healers. Because of all the customization options it might be a bit difficult to set up.

VuhDo

Good configuration options, easy to set up. Lot’s of needed information on screen that the other 2 add-ons may lack. This is my add-on of choice after going from HealBot to Grid + Clique.

Once you have your healing unit frame downloaded, deciding where to place it on the screen is very important. Many healers put it to the side of the screen (usually the left.) This is a bad idea because it makes your eyes move a longer distance to focus on what is going on around you. The extra time used seems very small but sometimes that one extra spell makes the difference between losing the fight and winning it (on a long boss fight it will be more than one heal anyway, you could be missing out on tens of thousands of health recovered.) In short: Put it somewhere that minimizes the distance your eyes need to move. NoStockUI has got a great post on how to position your raid frames.

That is my first guide. If you liked it then it would be great if you tell your friends/guild members about it. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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