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AddOn Spotlight: Grid

Eliah Hecht

I used to raid heal using mainly the CT_RaidAssist emergency monitor. Call me a bad healer if you want; it was a lot nicer than having 40 health bars all over my screen. The emergency monitor is not clickable in WoW 2, and thus began my hunt for a way that I could see everybody's health and still see the fight. CT_RA bars, Blizzard's bars, and the like were all out due to being simply too big. Furthermore, I find them a bit overwhelming, making it hard to spot who's low on health. I mostly heal main tanks, but I like to be able to easily see if a Rogue or something takes a big hit. So where does one turn for a set of raid health bars that's small, legible, and informative?

I humbly present my current solution: Grid, by Pastamancer (KoL FTW!). As the name suggests, it lays out in a grid everyone in your raid. It's incredibly configurable, but I've stuck pretty close to the default (I did make it bigger; it starts out very tiny indeed). The entire background of the box is the character's health bar, colored according to class, and in the foreground it shows the first 4 (by default) letters of the character's name. When someone dips below a preset health threshold, it shows the health deficit -- for instance, the bottom-left warrior in the screenshot is 1.6k health down. This makes picking an appropriate heal a snap. Debuffs are also shown by icons, and the corners of a character's square can be set to display various things (I have it set to show debuffs I can't cure, as well as HoTs). Finally, and this is unbelievably helpful, if a character is low on health, their square is highlighted (as is your target's square) with a white border.

I realize this may sound a little complicated, so I photoshopped up a diagram:

Anyway, as I said, it's very, very configurable, but that is more or less the default, if I recall correctly, and it works very well for me. I'm currently combining it with the X-Perl main tank frames and the CT_RA emergency monitor for a fairly comprehensive raid-people-monitoring solution. I do still use the CT_RA frames for buffing though.

Oh, one last thing -- someone called Shadmar has written a plugin for Grid called GridStatusHots that shows the status of your own HoTs on the Grid. Helpful, since I believe Grid otherwise doesn't distinguish between your HoTs and other people's, and HoT stacking on tanks is sexy.

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