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The Best Addons for World of Warcraft Healers

By Jason Bechdel -


U.I mods help shape the world as we know it. Well, at least in Azeroth they do. In fact most players use at least one U.I. mod during game play. The reason behind heavy mod usage by players is that, while Blizzard has made great strides to improve the standard interface, most players find that it is undoubtedly lacking something.

By the time they reach the endgame most players will have turned to the realm of mods to help make their game play just a little easier. And none need more help (especially with the recent changes to healing in Cataclysm) than the healer. But with the enormous number of mods available, both good and bad, digging through them all can be a daunting task. To solve this problem you will find a list of useful healer related mods below that I have compiled based on my own personal experiences. Enjoy!

**Please note that the world of mods is very unstable and while the mods listed above are still maintained and currently useable with Patch 4.1 this could change at any time.**

Grid

Grid is a party/raid frame add-on and is, in my personal opinion, the be all end all for healers. Grid takes your standard party and raid frames and reduces them to a handy dandy little box that lets you easily find and select group members while still being able to keep track of the rest of your group as well.

Grid box showing incoming healing.

Now you might be wondering what is so special about Grid considering there are a ton of other mods out there that can and will display your party members. Grid is special because it is designed to display as much information at a glance to the user as possible. The player has the option to display useful information such as: buffs, debuffs, incoming heals, and much, much more, making Grid nothing short of amazing.

Despite Grid's sheer awesomeness it is a rather complex mod to set up. It is suggested by both myself and the creators of the mod that players who choose to use it take a few minutes before doing anything else to take a glance at the configuration menu and familiarize yourself with the options found there. Make it past the hurdle of configuration and you'll never look back.


Clique

Clique is a very simple but powerful add-on that enables click-casting and hover-casting on your unit frames. What this allows you to do is bind a specific spell or macro to any mouse or keyboard combination and then simply hover over your intended target to use it. Still confused about what Clique can do for you?

Clique in game tab.

Let's say that you want to cast Healing Touch on your friend Memnock. Normally to do this you would need to target Memnock, and then click the spell (or vice versa), wasting valuable time which in the world of healers could mean the difference between life and death. With Clique you simply need to set a button (or combination of buttons) to the spell you want to cast and then hover over the player on your raid frames or in the 3D game world and click your previous set button combination to cast the spell.

And if you needed any more reason to download the mod; setting up Clique is an easy process that even the most novice players can manage. Not to mention that when combined with Grid (mentioned above) you can easily become the ultimate healing machine.


Decursive

Decursive configuration tab.

Every healing class has the ability to remove some type of debuff whether it be magic, poison, disease, or a curse. Because of this it is to be expected that sometime in your healing career (as if you didn't already have enough to worry about) that you will be tasked with the important responsibility of removing debuffs from your group. This can be done by hand, or perhaps with a fancy macro but why go through all that trouble when you can have Decursive do it for you?

Decursive is useable right from the box as it configures itself (hallelujah) to every class with cleansing abilities. Once installed, Decursive will alert you as to when a player is afflicted with a debuff you are able to dispel. You can then click on a single icon to remove it from them, making removing debuffs a far simpler process. To top it off, Decursive uses little memory and only takes up space on your screen when you need it making this mod a definite must have.


Quartz

Casting with Quartz.

Since casting various spells and abilities are the bread and butter of being a healer it stands to reason that the casting bar plays an important role. While the in-game cast Quartz can show your global cool down, show the amount of time spent between cast send and start (latency), can display target and focus buffs and debuffs, shows basic timers as well as a swing timer, and merges multiple casts of the same tradeskill item into one big cast bar. Quartz can also merge with Flightmap or InFlight to display your current flight progress. In short, using Quartz will provide you with every bit of casting information you as a healer ever need to know.


OmniCC

OmniCC timer.

Ever wondered when that spell or item will be ready for use again? Wonder no more after downloading OmniCC. This mod adds text to various items, spells, and abilities that have a cool down to let the player know at a glance when they will be once again ready for use. Showing up in the form of a timer, OmniCC will work pretty much upon install and will ensure that unless you play blindfolded you will never ever miss an important cool down again.


Recount

While almost everyone is aware of my negative feelings on being a healing meter junkie I do still feel it's important to be aware of your and the other healers in your groups healing numbers. And there is no better way to do this than with Recount which is why I have felt the need to include it in this list.

Recount is an easy to use add-on that provides players with large amounts of data about just about anything anyone would care to know about. Most importantly for healers though is the ability to view overall healing, overhealing, and who healed who and for what amount. Once again I would like to point out that while using meters to stroke your epeen is never a good thing, when used in the right way Recount can be a useful tool to help identify your faults and improve your healing skills.


PlayerScore

PlayerScore's Summary Tab

PlayerScore is our own personal in house mod right here at Ten Ton Hammer and while it's not really a healing-specific add-on, what player doesn't like to be able to compare and "score" their gear? PlayerScore not only provides a players item level average, but also has many other cool functions such as: a chart showing all of a player's equipment including gems and enchants, a chart of various dungeons and raids appropriate for your character, raiding progression, news about World of Warcraft right in game and so much more!

Not to mention every time someone downloads PlayerScore an angel gets its wings... or was that a bell? Why chance it? Download PlayerScore!


Have your own personal favorite healing add-on? Help a fellow healer out and share it with us in the comment section below!

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