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Healing Hardware: Your Mouse and Healing Efficiently

It is my opinion that if you have to install only one mod as a priest healer, it is Clique. Clique is very similar to mouseover macros, however it is a bit easier to set up, assign keys and buttons functions to, and can have saved profiles for different set ups or for different specs (i.e. PVP vs PVP).

If you aren’t familiar with the benefits of being able to just have your mouse over the raidframe of a target and clicking or shift-clicking a mouse button to have the spell cast, instead of clicking to target that player, then hitting your hotkey for that spell – you really should give it a try. Further you can keep your current target while still mouseover healing another. Very handy.

Clique plus a mouse with additional buttons is a lifesaver and provides lightning fast reaction time and spellcasting.

I use the Microsoft Sidewinder X8. This mouse has 8 buttons which can all be assigned (or macroed) spells though either the mouse software itself, or through the clique menu. Using a combination of the mouse’s software, macros, and Clique, I have assigned a number of spells and abilities to most of these buttons: I leave left and right click alone, however I do assign shift-left and shift-right click spells. My two most used spells I have assigned to the two thumb buttons, and of course, I have a “Oh shit!!!” GS or PS assigned. (I have even set up a Disc and Holy profile which changes some of these defaults to Pain Suppression, PW: Shield, and Penance over their Holy counterparts)

You don’t have to spend tons and tons of money on a mouse that has 5 Million buttons. While, yes, the X8 is on the higher end of the spectrum- you can even use the most basic mouse. However, in this healer’s opinion, using a mouse that at least has a couple of extra buttons that you can assign can provide your arsenal of spells a kick in the ass. Even if you don’t have the hardware available, using your mouse’s buttons to their maximum efficiency can certainly help. Assigning Alt/Shift click or mouseover macro’s to even just your left and right clicks can be a great help.

Getting used to Clique’s configuration and the ability to quickly cast spells on mouseover will take a little practice to break your old habits, but the benefits of improved reaction time is certainly worth it – and can be life saving. How many times have you seen a tank die and you’ve said to yourself, “Just a split second too slow!” That can often make or break a first kill.



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Written By: on January 5, 2010
  1. I found myself have difficulties to memorize all these "Alt+" "Shift+",that's why i prefer Vuhdo, as it's the only one that supports mouse wheel input now.

  2. I remain petrified of attempting click-to-cast healing. I'm so used to my mouseover macros instead.

    –Jov

  3. @Jov it's pretty much he same. Though I like clique better since I can swap profiles and go from Holy to Disc set ups pretty quick.

    But if it works or you! Keep at it.

  4. Nice tip Derevka!
    I do use Click as well, but I have a bunch of mouse over macros as well. Sometimes I don't find click doing what I want very fast… like shielding 2 penetrating cold target in those 3 sec. Well, actually less then 3 because you basically have like 2-global cooldown=1 sec.
    But for fights where moving is mandatory I basically can't live without Click.Each profile (holy and disc) has up to 12 healing spells assigned plus… y, some offensive spells. Beying able to mind seer, mana burn, dispel, dot targets is great.
    I don't use them all because sometimes I mix them with mouse over macros but I still love it.

  5. I've been using Clique forever, and I love it. I "found" two more buttons on my mouse with a recent patch. 6 more Clique casts! Yay!

    The one problem I run into is my laptop has an extra key on the bottom row, throwing off my pinky. One of the many reasons I only do old world BS on my laptop.

  6. Mouseover Macros on the mouse and/or Clique casting is a step up, but they still have one flaw – using the same hand/device for steering, selecting cast targets, and spell selection. This leaves the other hand doing little else but movement.
    Ideally, the workload should be balanced between both hands. Since the mouse must be used for target selection and steering, this leaves movement and spell selection for the other hand.
    If you're going to drop $$ for a good gaming mouse, then may I suggest the N52te gaming pad for your left hand. Using Mouseover macros for click casting and the dpad for movement balances the workload far better than a keyboard/mouse combo.

  7. I love my Mouse. Between clique and the mouse, it's a highly effective set up for heroic raiding, where a kill or wipe can be dependent on your reaction speed.

    However, many miss the greatest benefit of being able to play one handed:

    Oh stop being perverted – it's so you can hold your beer.

  8. I have the WoW gaming mouse. I can say the extra keys on a mouse helps immensely. I'm shadow, so I can see the huge advantage for you healer types.

    Having a extra keys let me set up keybinds for targeting macros, targetlasttarget/focus, ect. Which is important for us meter padding dps priests out there.

    -Mindplague

  9. My friend posted this on our forum which allows Clique to heal when you click rather than when you release your mouse button (much like SnowfallKeyPress does for keybinds)…

    Hey guys, for quite a while now I’ve wandered if it’s possible to alter clique so that the spell casts when the button is clicked, rather than when it is released. (Some may not have realised this is how the spell casting system works).

    Heres how:

    You simply alter the .lua files, it takes 30 seconds and makes a huge amount of difference with your casting accuracy, or atleast I think so!

    Navigate to:

    Interface\Addons\Clique, editing Clique.lua and CliqueOptions.lua, searching for instances of “AnyUp”, and replacing them with “AnyDown”.

    Hope this is helpful to anyone who wanted to be able to do this on Clique

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