Disc Priest’s Guide to PvP, Part 4: Usefull Add-ons

PvP is all about split second reaction time and knowing a lot of information at once. There are some add-ons that make our lives a lot easier in both regards. Everyone prefers different add-ons so what I find useful may not be what works for everyone.

*** Healing Add-ons ***

Vuhdo

I swear by Vuhdo. I know some people who use mouse over macros or even put their healing spells on their number bars to cast. I think this is inefficient so I have a healing add-on for my party and raid frames. All the information I need to know about my group is collected in neat little boxes that I can customize with thousands of options.

The thing I love about Vuhdo is that it has all the vital information I need and it does what I need it to do very well. I just click my mouse on the person’s box and according to what button I have bound to what spell – it will cast it on that person. I don’t have to pick that toon out in a crowd to click on them or try to hover my mouse pointer over them.

Vuhdo is the green boxes on the right

Also, it has a built in range indicator so I’m not wasting my time trying to heal people who are out of my range. This is especially useful in the really big BGs like AV orStrandof the Ancients. It also has a little arrow on the boxes that indicate which direction that person is in. I can loose my teammates in BGs and the little arrow can lead me to them.

This is AV - notice the people who are out of range are grayed out

The little boxes themselves can be set up to show buffs and debuffs. I have it set to show me where my Prayer of Mending bounces to and how long it has before it expires. This is the same for Renew and the Weakened Soul debuff. It has a little number countdown so I know exactly when I need to recast so I’m not wasting mana. It will also so me incoming heals so that I don’t overheal and waste more mana. If I see a person is getting a heal from the Holy Paladin next to me I know that I can move on to the next person in dire need.

Different mouse clicks and button combinations will cast different spells on the target. For example, my Vuhdo is set up like this: (I have a five button mouse, by the way.)

Left Mouse button: Power Word: Shield

Right Mouse button: Renew

Middle Mouse button: Prayer of Mending

First Mouse button on the side: Binding Heal

Second Mouse button on the side: Pain Suppression

Shift plus Left Mouse button: Penance

Shift plus Right Mouse button: Greater Heal

Shift plus Middle Mouse button: Power Infusion

Shift plus First Mouse button on the side: Flash Heal

Shift plus Second Mouse button on the side: Leap of Faith

Decursive

Decursive is the gold standard in dispelling harmful debuffs from your group members. It makes a tiny little box for each person. It will make a ding and change the color of the box when someone has something that needs to be dispelled. It will even tell you NOT to dispel certain debuffs like a Warlock’s Corruption spell.

It’s very light weight and is almost invisible until you need it. Like Vuhdo, it also has a range indicator – less mana and less time wasting is always a good thing.

*** Useful for Arena ***

Enemy Raid Frames

Vuhdo has a built in enemy raid frames option but I’ve never tried it before because I use Gladius. Gladius is wonderful for seeing nearly everything about your opponents in Arena. Right out of the gate it will (90% of the time) tell you a person’s class/spec. You will be able to see their exact health and mana/focus. You can click on these frames instead of hunting around with your mouse for the enemy you want to target.

Gladius in the top left side

Gladius has a giant icon to tell you when they have used their PvP trinket and the cool down remainder on it. It also has cast bars – something extremely useful. You definitely want to interrupt healing spells or CC spells with a long cast (Polymorph or Hex). You can call out to you teammates that Holy Paladin is casting Holy Light! Stop them! Or even see the other Priest Mana Burning you so that you can quickly take cover or get out of range.

Gladius will also announce in /party chat various things about your enemies. It may say a person’s name followed by “LOW HEALTH” or “PVP TRINKET”. This is good when you need to switch targets quickly to burn them down. With all the chatter over vent about various things this can be quite welcome or when you get healer tunnel vision while staring at your own party’s frames.

Tidy Plates

You wouldn’t think Tidy Plates would be useful for Arena but it is. It will incorporate cast bars into the name plates and it will tell you who their target is. If you see all 3 of your opponents switching to your Boomkin, you will know that you need to focus all of your heals onto you feathered friend.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    May 24, 2011 @ 15:26:20

    I was just curious your opinion on holy used as a pvp spec. I can see its potential value in RBGS as its ability to heal on a larger scale, but i find myself seeing more and more holy in arenas. Here, I don’t see its value!

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    • tobeume
      May 27, 2011 @ 22:08:41

      I don’t think of Holy as a viable spec for hard core PvP like Arena and Rated BGs. I’m sure it’s OK in random BGs but the amount of haste on PvP gear is next to nothing. There is just not enough haste to support the casting of long nuke heals in a highly mobile environment. Disc has the advantage due to an instant nuke heal in the form of Penance and it has all the damage mitigation talents. Holy only has the Inspiration talent but its high enough on the tree that Disc has access to it.

      I’m not going to say that people don’t have fun as Holy in BGs. I have a guild Priest that loves the Holy spec for everything but I don’t think it’s competitive enough at the higher echelons of PvP right now.

      Reply

  2. dakotarick
    May 27, 2011 @ 13:33:24

    I found your blog yesterday and want to thank you for writing the guides. Part 4 has pushed me to go back to using Vuhdo.

    Reply

  3. Mogul
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 08:09:25

    Hello – I have a level 20 worgen priest who I will be levelling through instances and BGs. These guides you’ve written are going to be very veru useful to me for seting up now and going forward!

    Thanks,

    M.

    Reply

  4. Casparii
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 14:55:15

    Excellent guide, thank-you. Been running with Shadow for some time in RBG but your guide and a chronic shortage of healers has persuaded me to respec as disc.

    Cheers

    Reply

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