It’s been a while since I’ve done a UI post and it’s been updated a fair bit over the last year or so.
A good UI is an important aspect of raiding, especially for healers. Having all the information I need on-screen and placing somewhere easily visible (but without causing unnecessary clutter) helps a lot with my awareness and reaction times.
I need to make sure my UI tells me everything I need to know. As a resto druid and healing lead, here are the important things:
- The health levels of the whole raid
- The mana levels of the raid
- Who has a debuff that I can get rid of
- Who has a debuff that needs to be healed through
- When my abilities are off cooldown
- Who my HoTs are ticking on and for how long
- Who has aggro
- Who is out of range
- When a boss is casting or using a special ability
- The status of everyone’s healing/mitigation cooldowns
- When other healers are using certain abilities
To me, determining the things that are not important and can be cleared from my screen is almost as important as determining the things that are important. Things like trade skills, mounts, spells I never use in raids, and holiday items do not need to be visible on my screen. I don’t even use healing/threat meters in my UI because I feel like they take up too much space (and I’d rather look at healing in World of Logs anyway).
Here’s what my UI looks like while in a raid (though I usually have my achievement tracking turned off).
And one while in combat:
Here are the addons I use:
Dominos is my main bar mod. With it I can arrange my action bars as I like. One of my favourite things about this addon is the ‘faded opacity’ settings. With this I can keep abilities that aren’t used much in combat (mounts, bags, menu buttons, and in my case dps abilities) on my bars but have them invisible until I mouse over them. In the above screenshot all the bars outlined in red are normally hidden.
GreenRange turns buttons red when abilities are out of range.
OmniCC adds numerical countdowns to abilities that are on cooldown so you can tell exactly when they’ll be ready for use again.
X-Perl is what I use for my self, target, target-of-target, focus and pet (if applicable) frames. I also use the X-Perl cast bar.
VuhDo is what I use for healing. I made the switch to it from Clique a few years ago and now I can’t imagine using anything else. I use VuhDo to keep track of everything I need to know about the raid (health, mana, debuffs, my HoTs) and I do all my healing through VuhDo’s built-in mouse bindings.
Tidy Plates are tidy (duh) and customizable name plates. I use the Grey/Damage theme.
Combat Text and Notifications
Deadly Boss Mods is what I use for raiding. I keep the boss timers off to the side of my screen and then they move front and center when an ability is about to happen.
Mik Scrolling Battle Text makes it easier to see combat information like your healing done and incoming damage and heals. I used to use the font MS Porky’s just to drive people crazy, but I just changed it to match my X-Perl and VuhDo font.
oRA3 is a raid assisting addon. I mainly use it to track raid healing and mitigation cooldowns.
Power Auras Classic gives big, visual (and sometimes audio as well) reminders. I use this to track when spells are available for use and my Harmony uptime. I previously wrote a post on my power auras.
Raeli’s Spell Announcer (not shown) announces when I use certain spells in whichever chat channel I choose. I like for all my healers to use this mod so we can all see when a cooldown is being used in healer chat.
Fatality (not shown) announces the last damage a person took before they died. Usually the raid leader uses this, but I make sure to turn mine on if she’s not in the raid. I feel lost without knowing immediately what killed someone (and if I could have prevented it).
Other Nifty Things
SexyMap sexifies my minimap. It makes it look all leafy and druid-like and hide all buttons until I mouse over the map.
Prat 3.0 (not pictured) is what I use for my chat frame. The main thing I use it for is to move the text input box so there’s no longer a gap between the frame and the bottom of my screen.