My VuhDo Spell Bindings (also works with Clique!)

If you were to ask me what my most essential mod for raid healing was, I would say VuhDo, hands down (6 months ago the answer would have been Grid + Clique). Besides providing an awesome set of compact raid frames that shows me everything I need to know, VuhDo includes spell click-cast bindings that you can set up however you want.

A little while ago Beruthiel wrote a post sharing her bindings which I though was a fantastic idea, so now I’m going to share mine.

Why Click-Cast?

I’ve tried healing in a number of ways. When I was a noob, I used to manually click on a raid frame then click on a spell (my god, how did I keep anyone alive?), I’ve tried the method of clicking on a raid frame then pressing a keybind, but for the last 3 or 4 years I’ve been using click-casting. I’ve found this to be the fastest way to heal. You never have to worry about having the correct person targeted, just mouseover their frame, use the appropriate click+modifier and bam! they’re healed.

Mouse

My mouse is Microsoft wireless laser 7000 with 5 buttons. It’s not specifically made for gaming but  it suits me just fine.

Microsoft wireless laser 5-button mouse 7000

My fiance recently bought the Cataclysm gaming mouse (that thing is HUGE, you need big bear paws to hold it – it reminds me of the original Xbox controller) so he have me his old Logitech gaming mouse. However, I’ve gotten so used to my own that it just didn’t feel right, so I continue to use mine.

Bindings

Since I raid on 2 different healing classes I need a good set of binds that will cause as little confusion as possible when I switch characters. Luckily, resto druid and disc priest spells are highly congruous so I’m able to bind similar spells to the same buttons.

Bindings are made using a combination of the left and right mouse buttons (1&2) and the buttons on the side of the mouse (4&5) combined with the modifiers Shift, Control and Alt.  I use my middle mouse button as my push-to-talk key for Ventrilo.

Here are my bindings for both classes:

No modifier

Binding Druid Spell Priest Spell
Button 1 target target
Button 2
Button 4 Barkskin Prayer of Mending
Button 5 Healthstone Inner Focus

Shift modifier

Binding Druid Spell Priest Spell
Button 1 Lifebloom Power Word: Shield
Button 2 Rejuvenation Renew
Button 4 Remove Corruption Dispel Magic
Button 5 Cure Disease

Control modifier

Binding Druid Spell Priest Spell
Button 1 Wild Growth Prayer of Healing
Button 2 Regrowth Flash Heal
Button 4 Healing Touch Greater Heal
Button 5 Binding Heal

Alt modifier

Binding Druid Spell Priest Spell
Button 1 Swiftmend Penance
Button 2 Nourish Heal
Button 4 Innervate Power Infusion
Button 5 Tree of Life Leap of Faith

There are a number of abilities that I do not bind to my mouse, mostly because they are things I don’t want to hit by accident or I just don’t have enough binds for them. I keep the following abilities on a bar right beside my unit frames, so I just click on them when I need to use them:

Druid:
Battle Rez
Tranquility

Priest:
Divine Hymn
Hymn of Hope
Shadowfiend
Pain Suppression
Holy Nova
Mass Dispel
Power Word: Barrier

Both:
Healtstones, mana pots, on-use trinkets

I do not have any offensive abilities bound.

13 responses to “My VuhDo Spell Bindings (also works with Clique!)

  1. It’s always so interesting to see how everyone heals! I love it :)

    • Yeah, I really like seeing UI and addon posts from other healers. It’s very interesting and often give me new ideas for my own setup.

  2. It is interesting! I use VuhDo as well but I haven’t managed to graduate to using the Ctrl or Alt modifier. One day… I’m sure!

    What inspired you to move over to VuhDo from Grid n’ Clique?

    • I’ve been using the three modifiers for a while so it’s become second nature, though occasionally my pinky cramps up when I use ctrl too much.

      I switched to VuhDo after the last major patch. I used many different modules for Grid (debuffs, HoT trackers, etc.) and they were all being updated at different times and some weren’t compatible with each other for a while. I got tired of having to update 6 or 7 different addons so I switched to VuhDo which does everything with one.

  3. I’ve completely fallen in love with binding things to *wheel up* and *wheel down*. Not only on Vuhdo, but in my regular action bars as well. They’re such effortless buttons to use, and so well suited for “spam clicking” a spell – just keep scrolling that wheel until the GCD is over… =P

    Besides, I find that the less modifiers you have to use, the easier and the more agile it becomes to heal. With the wheel up/down + middle button you have 7 different bindings in your mouse, with a smaller risk of using the wrong spell, since they’re easier to memorize – less using the same button for different things.

    • When I played a hunter I tried binding Steady Shot to my mouse wheel. Unfortunately, I’m a little compulsive about adjusting my camera (including a lot of zooming in and out) – that resulted in a lot of unintentional boss pulls. I just couldn’t get used to not using the mouse wheel to zoom.

      Once I got used to the modifiers they weren’t too bad at all. Casting the wrong spells isn’t much of a problem.

      • I use “wheel up” for whatever “Remove Bad Stuff” ability my character has. Clicking the scroll wheel stacks LB on my druid, right click for Rejuv. I try not to bind anything to shift modifiers because I have trouble running and hitting shift or ctrl at the same time, plus ctrl is my vent push to talk key.

        I love binding these things in Vuhdo because then using scroll wheel or clicks in the rest of the ui doesn’t do something accidentally…
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        • That’s a good point about having to be hovered over the Vuhdo frames for the bindings to work. I avoided using the mouse wheel or unmodified left and right buttons when I used Clique so I didn’t cast spells accidentally. I guess I can bind those things now. Thanks for the reminder.

      • Yeah, it took me a little while to lose the habit of zooming in/out using the wheel. I ended up just binding the zoom to Shift+Wheel, and it all worked out very well. It wasn’t a big change and soon my muscle memory had nicely adapted to it.

        I can totally empathize with the trouble you had trying to make this transition in your action bars using a hunter, though – unlike a melee class, it only takes one misclick to cause some serious headache… been there, believe me!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your keybindings! When switching between specs or to a different class, it is really helpful to see what other folks are using and where (i.e. mouse buttons, mouseovers, and clickies) they place them. A fair amount of the spell priority can be gleamed from how easy the spell is to access, and is often bias to the healers style — but still very useful. Mapping them between specs…. Brilliant! Let’s just say as someone that has all five specs of healers, I think my brain would implode if I didn’t!

    • You’re welcome. It’s great to see how other people heal. Since writing this I’ve picked up a holy spec to try it out, I might need to add those bindings to this post as well.

  5. I also use Vuhdo, but with key-bindings, in combination with mouse-over macro’s. So there’s no need to click those silly raid frames before you can cast a spell on them.

    Since I use macro’s, I can have all kinds of nifty behaviour built in. For example, if I mouse-over a friendly corpse I can differentiate between whether I’m in combat or not and cast the appropriate ressurection spell. Or if the target is hostile, I can cast damaging spells instead (which is rarely useful in raids, but if that boss is below 1% health and it’s just you and the tank still standing it may just tip the balance).

    I used to use click-binds just as you do, but I haven’t looked back since.

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