The first macros we're going to take a look at are our macros for casting on a focus target. Typing /focus (or better, making a /focus macro and clicking it!) sets up an opponent as your focus target. This focus target then has a unit frame pop out that is separate from your main target main frame, allowing you to effectively monitor two targets at the same time.
The most useful application for focus targeting is seen in arena, where your focus should generally be on the enemy caster you are not damaging at the time. If you're playing a priest/mage team and you're focusing the priest down, you want to have your focus on his mage buddy to try and interrupt/Grounding Totem
she's casting to try and peel you. If you're instead focusing on killing the mage, you'll want to focus the priest so that you can Wind Shear
the Flash Heal
he's trying to cast or Hex
him when the mage is low to land the kill while the priest is silenced.
/cast [target=focus,harm]Wind Shear
is huge, too, allowing you to dispel important buffs like Innervate without losing your kill target. While most good restoration druids will roll HoTs on themselves to shield from dispels when preparing to Innervate
anyway, focus Purge is a great way for dealing with the bad ones who don't. Finally, focus Bash
(your Feral Spirits' ability) is a great way for interrupting important casts while you're CCed. If you're caught in a Cyclone
while the resto druid is running behind a pillar to cast Tranquility, hitting him with a bash and interrupting the Tranquility channel just cost him an 8-minute cooldown while making you feel like a total pro.
Focus casting isn't something that is only applicable to PvP. Interrupting casts is huge in the Cataclysm
endgame, with Arcanotron, Maloriak, heroic Atramedes, Nefarian, Halfus Wyrmbreaker, Ascendant Council, and Cho'gall all requiring you to be well-acquainted with your Wind Shear button. Of those, at least four of these fights can benefit from having a focus Wind Shear macro set up so that you can interrupt casts without losing your DPS target. Beyond that, Maloriak's Remedy
and Arcanotron's Power Conversion
are both abilities that can be applied and dispelled while you're damaging another target, making focus Purge awesome.
Whether you like it or not, healing with Maelstrom Weapon
is an important aspect of the enhancement shaman's arsenal. Whether you're clutch healing your arena partner with a Greater Healing Wave
or throwing a Healing Rain
on the melee clump, you will at some point in your career spend your MW procs on healing.
The first macro we'll look at for healing is a mouseover macro. What this macro does is make your heal castable on the target your mouse is currently hovering over. You can mouseover their character, their nameplate, or their raid frame to allow this to work. For full-time healers, these macros are amazing since they remove the extra few milliseconds of clicking on the raid frames of every person who needs casting on. Over the course of a boss fight, this adds up to more spells cast, more spells cast with the target at lower health, and overall more HPS.
For us, mouseover macros are for emergency healing. If your tank just accidentally scooted out of range of your healers and is going down like a Jay Sean song
, you don't want to waste any precious time clicking his raid frame to start your healing. The same is true in PvP; if you were feared behind a pillar and your partner is being focused, you want to be able to heal the second you're within line of sight.
The macro we're going to look at has three functions. First, it heals your mouseover target. Second, if you have no mouseover but have a friendly target, it heals that target. Third, if you have neither a friendly mouseover or friendly target, it heals you.
/cast [target=mouseover,help][target=target,help][Harm,target=player]Greater Healing Wave
You can switch in Greater Healing Wave for any single-target cast in your arsenal, which is everything that isn't Healing Rain.
The next macro is a lot simpler, with its primary function being to preserve bar space.
/cast [nomodifier] Healing Rain; [modifier:alt] Chain Heal
You can also use this macro for general bar space-saving. If you want, switch Healing Rain for Lightning Bolt
and Chain Heal for Chain Lightning
, or HR for Earth Shock
and CH for Flame Shock
. Using all three as macros just consolidated six buttons down into three, making finding space on your bar infinitely easier.
For next week, I'd really love to do a grab bag of emailed questions à la Joe Perez's latest Restoration Totem Talk
or Brian Wood's Scattered Shots
. If any of you have a question you're just dying to ask about enhancement, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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