After several hours researching the elusive mouse over macro (thanks CrankyHealer, you’re such a time saver!) I successfully typed out all the macros I thought I could and key bound them using Bartender 4’s own key binding system. It was much simplier to configure via the addon than through Blizzards own keybinding system. To do it you
-Type /bar into your chat window
-Go to the top right corner of the addon configuration
-Hit the red “keybindings” button
-Check “character specific” box so you don’t mess with your level 22 shaman’s keybindings…which I totally did…
-Mousover the macro or ability that you want bound
-Hit the number/letter/key combination you want to correspond to that spell
-Rinse and repeat until finished
When I was using Blizzard’s personal key binding system I couldn’t bind any of my recount bars without extensive searching, and in several cases, accidentally unbinding things like my “walk forward” and “open backpack” keys. I arrayed my key bindings like this
*Note: I’m totally in love with all the low quality paint images that seems to have become a fad in the blog-o-sphere.
The most used spells, holy light and flash of light, are arrayed where I can easily hit them without thinking to hard. Other things like BoP and Bubble Sac require actual thought to hit, to avid tank deaths and accidental bubble popage. Judgements are within quick tap-with-pinky reach, and my SS and BoL are nicely fit next to them on key’s two and three. In theory it’s a great layout for my playing style—quick, simple, and easy to remember. It didn’t start out this way though, and only though nervous tweaking of the system between pulls did I find a layout I could use effectively.
After I wrote all them out and key bound everything we lined up for an unusual Wednesday night ten man run. We sent two groups into ICC 10 and raced each other to Putricide’s death (Side note: all rules of racing should be layout in clear terms to all participants otherwise you end up with one confused and grumpy prot paladin). Here are some snippets from my brain in Wednesday night’s ten man where I first tried my macros:
ME: “I am not prepared!!”
Resto Shaman: “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine, it gets easier as you practice. You’re going to suck harcore for the first two weeks, but then you’ll go back to normal.”
ME: “Well thanks for the words of encouragement–”
VENT: “OMG who pulled the entire room of trash?!”
ME: “Ahhh, R, F, #5 the agro pulling ret paladin…what key was holy shock?! *PANIC SETS IN*/facepalm!!”
Raid Leader: “Okay, good job everyone, trash is down.”
ME: “Alright, this isn’t too bad, I’m getting the hang of this. I guess it helps that RS can practically heal this entire raid alone. What?! Who pulled?! I’ve got no mana! Ack, where was Holy light again?!/facepalm.”
Raid leader: “Okay guys, we’re going to two heal this in the interest of time.”
Raid leader: “Pulling”
ME: “OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG…Okay, who didn’t get all their stacks? Where was my trinket macro again…stupid RS always healing more than me, I want chain heal…”
VENT: “Whoooo! Aww…and crap drops again.”
Raid leader: “So can you guys two heal this fight?”
ME: “Um…maybe…but I’m just trying out these new macros so—“
Raid Leader: “Okay, pulling.”
ME: “BAH! Run over here, hit 2 + 3, heal raid, C F F F F R, Pact of the Darkfallen?! Noooo! Palms sweating…Air phase? Tremor totem! Refresh 2! Yes! Okay…hunter get away from me! F C R R R R…I think I’m going to be sick…”
Raid Leader: “Good job DPS…Just kidding, good job healers. Lets take 5.”
RS: “I think I need to go throw up…”
ME: “BRB, dying.”
Raid Leader: Okay, Shadow Priest, respect healing for this fight, and you’ll heal outside while Phea and–”
Shadow Priest: “Oh, but I’m only specced for Greater Priesty ness and it only works for healing the boss.”
Raid Leader: “Okay Phea, you’ll heal the raid and RS and SP will go in the portals.”
ME: “But, I just gemmed two pieces for a full SP set for this fight, and really paladin’s and shaman are great for healing the boss…fine, I’ll do it.”
Raid Leader: “Alrighty, pulling…nice job everyone.”
VENT: “Whoo, that was easy!”
ME: “Zomg, that was so boring! Rogue, try to tank something next time, make it interesting!”
Raid leader: “Okay I’m going to tank this in my full frost resist set so we only need one tank. Ready? Okay, pulling.”
VENT: “Ahh, ice blocks, don’t break them out yet, zomg frostbolt from the sky!!… dead.”
Raid leader: “Well at least I resisted ¾ of her attacks.”
ME: “Lamest tank damage ever.”
Raidleader: “Okay guys one more pull and–”
RS: “Nope sorry, got to go, girlfriend wants to use the computer to do her dailys. And it’s already 11PM.”
And so ended the epic night of ten mans.
As I said, two healing Blood Queen, is un-recommended. In fact, it’s severely UN-RECOMMENDED, unless you want to give your healers high blood pressure and possibly aneurisms. That was the hardest healing I’d ever done in my entire—abet short—WoW career. Everything was incrediably franic; red line of death over there, tank damage over here, Blood Queen’s version of legion flames back there. Both the shaman and I went Oom near the end, and we didn’t even have an innervate because our druid was tanking! In the end he still managed to smoke my 5.5k HPS with his 9k. Grumble. Looks like I need to go dissect WoL some more to figure out why I was lagging behind so much.
All in all, the night went very well, despite my trepidations and tribulations. Everyone worked really hard, and we one shot everything up to Sindy in 3 ½ hours. We’re going back in tonight and I think we’re going to try the Raiding Rainbow’s strat which makes the fight look stupid easy. Tankspot’s strat is really designed for using two tanks instead of one. When we discovered that if the tank was wearing a full frost resist set he resisted most of her attacks, so we we decided against tankspot’s approach and used our OT to heal. Our tank was a Bear, so I’m not sure if that influenced our success with the one tank strat, because all he stacks is stamina and that’s all frost resist sets give besides the resist.
Here is the world first Sindy10 man kill from Reading Rainbow that we’re trying tonight.
Now back to Marco-ing
The macro’s I wrote were all very simple and self explanatory. I didn’t want to try anything too complicated on my first night. They mostly looked like this
# show tool tip
/cast [target=mouseover] Holy light
The “#show tool tip” is there so it will show the image of the spell rather than an image I selected or the ugly read question mark. At first I tried to vary my macros a bit, and I tried this for Beacon of Light
# show tool tip
/cast [target=focus] Beacon of Light
I used a /cast focus macro to cast my focus on the OT at the start of the fight, but I found that I wasn’t always focusing the player I wanted to beacon so I changed [target=focus] to [target=mouseover] and I just need to be careful who I’m mousing over on grid.
My personal opinion on mousover macros:
They’re great, and I recommend them to any healer trying to shake up their playing style from a click-click-cast or a mouse bound sytem. I’m going to go after raid and dissect my World of Logs report from tonight and compare it to Wednesday’s raid, but moving your mouse and casting works far better—and faster—then the clicking then casting I was using before. I’ve tried binding to my mouse through a unit frames program like clique or heal bot, and I’ve tried not using anything but unit frames, a mouse, and my keyboard, but mousover macros have won me over. Even in the few short hours I used them I noticed a subtle improvement in my healing percentage,and my stress level during encounters has gone down. I doubt I would have been able to two heal Blood Queen at all if I hadn’t been using this new found ability. Added bonus—On major patch days I can just pop out my unit frames (or the basic WoW ones) and go to town healing while other healers wait for their addons to update. Just sayin’.