Holy Paladin Guide
As a healer it’s important to understand the significance of mouseover macros. All a mouseover macro really does is remove the step of having to click on your target to heal them by allowing you to simply move your mouse over the player’s raid frame. This is beneficial for three reasons: it can save time (though very small), it cuts down on mistakes (healing the wrong person), and last, it allows you to keep the same target.
Being able to keep the same target means we don’t have to worry about finding a target for Holy Prism or Judgment, and lets us fluidly switch between healing and DPS without having to swap targets. This is crucial for the Crusader’s Might gameplay for dungeons, but is helpful in any scenario where we can help contribute DPS.
We recommend using mouseover macros for all heals. Each ability looks the same except for the name of the ability.
#showtooltip /cast [@mouseover,exists][@target,exists][@player]Holy Shock
All of the Blessing abilities are similar, but with /stopcasting lines added
#showtooltip /stopcasting /stopcasting /cast [@mouseover,exists][@target,exists][@player] Blessing of Protection
And with Lay on Hands
#showtooltip /stopcasting /stopcasting /cast [@mouseover,exists][@target,exists][@player] Lay on Hands
This Holy Prism macro is a little different. We always want Holy Prism to be cast on an enemy if possible so it takes this priority: Mouseover target (if enemy), target (if enemy), mouseover (enemy or friendly), target (enemy or friendly), player.
#showtooltip /cast [@mouseovertarget,harm,nodead][@target,harm,nodead][@mouseover,exists][@target,exists][@player] Holy Prism
The User Interface is incredibly important to all players, but it has to serve a slightly different purpose for healers than it does for tanks and damage dealers. A healer’s UI must have easily accessible raid frames that show player health and debuffs very clearly. The default UI has been bad in the past, but it’s currently much more aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t require any addons. If you do prefer your own style, there are plenty of packaged UI suites that include raid frames, but you can also find addons that are specifically created to enhance raid frames below:
Exorsus Raid Tools: This tracks the Battle res timer, raid cooldowns, and allows anyone to write notes for specific healing roles for each boss. I prefer using ERT for raid cooldowns because it’s extremely reliable, unlike a lot of other addons I’ve used in the past to try to track cooldowns.
WeakAuras2: This is an incredibly powerful addon that can almost replace any other addon if you know how to code in Lua. Even if you don’t, it’s still very useful. We hope to eventually have a package of WA strings for Emerald Nightmare and The Nighthold soon™.
It’s important to understand what WeakAuras (WA) are useful for: keeping track of ability cooldowns (like Holy Shock and Avenging Wrath) and keeping track of buffs (like Infusion of Light and Holy Avenger). Every important cooldown or buff is already available on the screen, but WA helps consolidate them so that we don’t have to search all over the screen for specific information.
The key distinction is that the information has to be important. We don’t need to track every single cooldown we have. Tracking too many cooldowns leads to clutter and goes back to the original problem of easily locating useful information. As an example, we don’t need to track the cooldown of Lay on Hands. Lay on Hands is an important ability but it isn’t an important cooldown. On any encounter, we can expect to use Lay on Hands once at the most (unless you have the legendary gloves), so we don’t need to know how long it has on its cooldown.
Update (8/20/2016): I wasn’t really happy with the WeakAura collection I previously made, so I plagiarized some of Wordup‘s fantastic work and made one that I think is a lot better. I’ve left the old one here in case anyone prefers it, but I’ll be using this one that can be downloaded here.
We have a few WA strings that are part of a group specifically for Holy Paladins. All strings can be downloaded here.
The first string is a group with most of our shorter CDs: Holy Shock, Light of Dawn, Holy Prism, Bestow Faith, Beacon of Virtue, Judgment, and Crusader Strike. Holy Prism, Beacon of Virtue, and Bestow Faith will only show up if talented, Judgment will only show up if you’ve talented into Judgment of Light, and Crusader Strike will only show up if you have Crusader’s Might. This group dynamically updates to put the cooldown that will come up next on the right side.
The next group is for our longer CDs: Avenging Wrath, Holy Avenger, Light’s Hammer, Divine Steed, Rule of Law, and Aura Mastery. Holy Avenger, Divine Steed, Rule of Law, and Light’s Hammer only show up when selected as talents.
The middle section of the group keeps track of mana and shows the duration of Beacon of Virtue as a circular timer around the mana display. It also keeps track of the duration of Avenging Wrath and Holy Avenger as bars above it.
And last is a group that keeps track of our Beacons. All it does is make sure we have Beacon of Light (or Beacon of Faith, if talented) on a target during combat in a party or raid. Not active if Beacon of Virtue is talented.