Healer Experiments: Mouse over Macros

I’m starting an experiment for myself. A while back I posted about the addons that I use, and mentioned how I don’t use mouse over macros or clique, etc. Well I think the time has come to chance that.

On sunday we ran Putricide 25 for four hours. The wiping wasn’t terrible– we had a semi-new group and we were getting the mechanics down slowly but surely. However, our healing make-up was very strange. We’re still in the stages of finding a good holy priest to accompany us, so we ran with 3 Healadins, 2 Resto druids, and 1 Resto Shammy. Sunday nights are always a catch and grab for players. Throughout the course of the fight I found I was fighting to even stay above last or second to last on the meters. Not for lack of trying I might add. I’m still trying to sort out why, and short of my judgement of light constantly getting over written, and all of us beaconing the tank and raid healing, I can’t really account for my super low healing. It could also be that I spent a majority of the fight running out of goo, into players targeted by the green ooze, and away from puddles. Give me a Festergut, give me a Blood Queen, and I’ll rip the roof off the raid. Put me in a Putricide and you might as well tie my hands and have me faceroll, apparently.

Well, after talking to my Resto Shaman officer I’ve decided that my healing style isn’t fast enough. After watching him do an astonishing 28k on Dreamwalker 25 the other night I asked him his secret. He uses a combination of mouse-over macros and Vuhdo, while I use grid and my basic key bindings.

First questions: What the heck is a mouse over macro?

Second question: How do I write them?

Third Question: Are they useable with raidframes?

I’m off to do research on all these topics, and hopefully I’ll have them ready for tonight’s raid. Farm night seems to be to be a good chance to test these out!

The goal of these experiments will be to test my boundries as a healer and to find the most successful way to heal, at least for myself. I don’t like getting so comfortable with my healing that I start seeing my performance go down. When I’m falling behind other healers I out gear, and when I understand more about my class, it’s definitely time to chance. I can’t be the foremost authority on Healadin’s in my guild if I’m stuck in an outdated healing style!



Filed under Healing Expriments, Progression, Raids

5 responses to “Healer Experiments: Mouse over Macros

  1. 1. Mouseover macro means that you hover your mouse over the frame you want to select and then press the hotkey to deliver the heal. You don’t have to target the person (click) and then hit your hotkey. That’s a two-step. Mouseover is a one-step. Hover with mouse, hotkey at same time.

    The simplest of these will be something like:

    /cast [target=mouseover] Flash of Light

    3. Yes. Totally.

    2. I’m gonna be lazysauce and give you some links:


  2. Mondka

    Also to note don’t get discouraged as you are learning what button to press. It will be slower gonig in the beginning but faster in the end.

  3. mcginnis1

    I didn’t want to say anything… but, well… I kinda doubled your healing on that one fight. And I’m the tank, silly.

  4. tiraslin

    Welcome to the world of mouseover macros! I love the things, although I kind of approached them skeptically a couple years ago when it was suggested they’d improve my reaction times (guess what, they did!).

    This is the basic mouseover macro I use
    /cast [target=mouseover,help,exists] [target=target,help,nodead] [target=targettarget,help,nodead] [target=player,help,nodead] Spellname

    Taken line by line:
    —– #showtooltip ——

    I don’t name the spell because the UI will display the default tooltip for the spell [Spellname] so long as I don’t put anything here.

    —– /stopcasting —–
    If the spell is spammable I take out the /stopcasting line because I don’t want to interrupt a heal for the same heal just because I clicked too fast.

    Spells I take out /stopcasting for include holy light and flash of light (or chain heal, lesser healing wave etc.)

    Spells I leave /stopcasting in for include any dispel (cleanse, abolish poison, remove curse etc.) and any paladin hand spell.

    —– /cast [target=mouseover,help,exists] —–
    This line and the next few set up a cast order priority.

    target=mouseover : obviously, whatever my mouse is over

    target=help : I can only try to cast this spell on a friendly unit

    target=exists : The unit has to exist.

    Some people add target=nodead but I’ve generally found it redundant, plus this macro is pretty long. You chain the 3 conditionals by putting them in the same statement with a comma between each, so that your command reads

    “First try to cast the spell on the person or unit frame my mouse is over provided its friendly and I have my mouse over someone”

    —– [target=target,help,nodead] —–

    Similar to the line above, only this time I say to use whatever my target is, provided its friendly and not dead.

    —– [target=targettarget,help,nodead] —-

    If the macro runs and decides that neither my mouseover target or current target are eligible for my spell, it’ll try to cast my spell on the target of my current target. This line is mostly in there to help me with healing the target of a particular mob or more likely bubbling them, and because I use the same general macro for my tanking taunts.

    —-[target=player] Spellname —-

    Failing all the above conditions, the macro will try to run on myself.

    In this line I finally get around to naming the spell. If you don’t specify a rank for the spell it will default to the maximum available rank. This makes a macro an invaluable tool for leveling dual-spec and avoiding the “spell not at max rank” problem for the secondary spec when you train issue.

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