There is an endless amount of addons available for World of Warcraft, and while I encourage you to experiment with your own interface setups, I wanted to write an overview of some addons I use as a starting point. This is a bit of a work in progress as I haven't decided the exact format I want it to take yet (a full setup tutorial guide vs just an overview). Feedback is appreciated, you can tweet @PrestonDvorak or leave a comment below.
Arguably the most important thing for a healer are your raid frames. Blizzard’s default raid frames have come a long way since Warcraft’s release and work really well if you’re not looking for specific customization. However, if you’re ready to customize your raid frames you’ll likely need an addon.
For my raid frames, I’ve used Grid since Burning Crusade, and over the years I’ve customized it to show nearly all information you’d need to know about friendly players in your group and raid.
IndicatorsDynamic allows you to create as many indicators as you want in any location you want on the Grid box. This is important because there aren’t enough indicators in Grid by default to cover all of the pertinent information. I also like being able to put them in any location as opposed to only the corners.
While Grid allows you to add your own buffs or debuffs to track by default, this plugin allows you to create custom groups and behaviors, keeping things a little more organized.
This simply adds power bars to Grid boxes. I use it to keep track of my own mana and the mana of the other healers.
If you'd like to use my Grid setup, you can download my saved variables below. I recommend backing up your current saved variables just to be safe.
These files should go in the World of Warcraft\WTF\Account\ACCOUNTNAME\SavedVariables folder. If the layout doesn't seem to be working, make sure the Profiles are set correctly by typing /grid into your chat, going to the Profiles tab, and setting DG - Healing or DG - DPS for your specs.
I use WeakAuras to give me additional visual cues for some spell cooldowns and procs. Blizzard includes an alert for Clearcasting (free Regrowth) procs by default, but I wanted to expand on that and move it to a different location.
WeakAuras makes it easy to export and import auras. Type /wa into your chat, click on the New button, then on the Import button, and paste the following import string into the box.
Expand to view and copy import string
Below are other addons I use, but haven't yet written up short guides for. You're welcome to leave a comment below if you need more information, or stop by my stream to ask questions.
June 15, 2016 - Finished simulations for Large-group Healing trinkets and legendary items - those lists have been updated.
June 13, 2017 - Initial 7.2.5 review. Expect more updates in the coming weeks.
May 2, 2017 - Added "Other Notable Addons" section to the addon's page.
April 27, 2017 - Updated all best in slot lists to accommodate Aman'thul's Wisdom being a top legendary choice.
April 21, 2017 - Made a very small update to the Grid saved variables on the addon page.
April 16, 2017 - Moved Aman'thul's Wisdom up the legendary BiS list. It's performing very well in real-life logs. Updated Grid saved variable file on downloads page.
April 6, 2017 - Fixed BiS trinkets for large-group healing being out of order on the page and in the spreadsheet.
March 31, 2017 - Completed the full 7.2 gear and simulation overhaul for best in slot lists, trinket rankings, etc.
March 26, 2017 - Updated Talents and Builds page with new talent system that supports displaying multiple builds. Added information for Raiding and Dungeon/M+ builds.
March 23, 2017 - Reviewed and updated guide for 7.2, including new artifact traits and minor talent updates.