- Author: Nevermore
- Date: September 27, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Beyond directly making your character stronger through talents, equipment, enchants, etc, there are two more ways (besides practice) to improve your performance as a player: addons & macros. It cannot be understated how much of an impact they can have on your gameplay — increasing your DPS or healing by a large percentage, preventing you from dying, etc. You will need the best addons & macros to be the best Restoration Shaman you can be!
Restoration Shamans do not require many addons to be optimal, however, you can use a few to improve your overall quality of life. Those macros will help you track your own buffs and procs better, while also helping you identify debuffs faster on your U.I.
- DeadlyBossMods – Allows you to track boss abilities. A must-have for raiding.
- Details – Shows you how much damage, healing, etc everyone in your raid is doing. This will help you track your performance and improve your gameplay.
- Healbot – A well-known and standard addon for “Healers”, it allows you to customize your raid/party U.I to track any effects present on the target. This addon will prove extremely useful for maximizing your performance.
WeakAuras is a versatile addon with almost limitless possibilities. It allows you to install mini-addons created by other players, which are confusingly also called “WeakAuras”, in order to perform specific tasks, such as tracking the cooldown of a spell, having a visual or audio notification when something procs, giving you a warning when a boss uses an ability, etc. You can find WeakAuras that suit your needs on wago.io. It’s strongly recommended that you use WeakAuras; they’re a huge quality of life boost.
While Restoration Shamans do not have many procs to keep track of, you can surely benefit from making a specific Weakaura help you track Tidal Waves more efficiently. You can also make specific Weakauras that track the duration or stacks remaining of buffs such as Earth Shield.
Restoration Shamans do not actually need a lot of macros to be functional, however, you can always use some macros to improve your quality of life. The main one you want to always have is a macro to combine Nature’s Swiftness and Healing Wave!
Outside of that, ideally as a healer, you will want to use “mouseover” macros for almost everything you do. Mouseover macros make your spells cast at the target your mouse is hovering over, as opposed to your actual target. Using this type of macro can aid you in quickly casting spells on other targets without having to change the target at all.
The macro below is a mouseover template macro, ready to be filled with whatever you want. Simply replace “SPELLNAME” with your spell of choice, for example, Rejuvenation. This macro will attempt to cast that spell on your mouseover target if they are friendly and if they are alive. If these requirements aren’t fulfilled, it will simply try to heal your target as it would by default without the macro.
#showtooltip SPELLNAME /cast [@mouseover,help,nodead] SPELLNAME
Instant Healing Wave On Mouseover
This macro stops your current cast, casts Nature’s Swiftness, and then casts Healing Wave on your current mouseover target, or your target if you don’t have a valid mouseover target.
#showtooltip Nature's Swiftness /stopcasting /cast Nature's Swiftness /cast [@mouseover,help,nodead] Healing Wave
Instant Wind Shear on Mouseover
This macro stops your current cast and interrupts any target that you place your mouse on.
#Showtooltip Wind Shear /stopcasting /cast Wind Shear