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 legendary ring usage, 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. I recommend trying to find a package of WeakAura strings of Hellfire Citadel encounters to help you during progression.
For Holy Paladin specific WeakAuras, I recommend these 3:
- Missing Holy Buffs. This tracks Beacon of Light and Beacon of Faith to make sure that I have them on someone in the raid. It also tracks Seal of Insight because I’m really bad at switching talents and forgetting to turn Seal of Insight back on. Only tracked in a party/raid.
- Holy Power. White orbs represent current Holy Power.
- Long Cooldowns. Tracks the cooldown of Devotion Aura, Avenging Wrath, and whatever on-use trinket I’m currently using. Right now it tracks Intuition’s Gift (on-use Critical Strike).
I recommend using mouseover macros for all of your 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 Hand abilities are similar, but with /stopcasting lines added
#showtooltip /stopcasting /stopcasting /cast [@mouseover,exists][@target,exists][@player]Hand of Protection
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