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Hey, This thread has steered me in the right direction as to building a comfortable raiding UI that benefits my play style.
I agree with a lot that has been posted here regarding the layout of an effective healer especially.
Having taken a large break from WoW and came back just before Ulduar, I feel that my choices up to late would be a worthy addition to show how my personal UI has developed for my play style. I felt that I needed to change my UI up a bit form the old Hal UI due to the amount of screen it takes up, I felt that I need to be more aware than the days of 70.
I felt that I needed to see more of my screen, reduce the memory I use on addons to increase not just my computers frame rate performance, but the ability for me to more speedily react to situations within a new raid dungeon. It must be noted that my PCâ€™s spec is an Intel Core i7, but what I notice with the WoW client is that a bloated UI (in memory consumption terms) does drop fps by a considerable amount.
I settled with adapting Lotekâ€™s UI for my own use as a Resto Shaman, this worked well early on, I could see a lot more and I did yield an increase in raiding frame rates. I preferred not seeing my bars and only seeing cooldowns only, also having the ability to see directly in the centre a what my target was doing, which I feel is very important for any fight that requires movement, a healer out of range or ill prepared is unacceptable.
I then ran into problems that stacking the UI up centrally cause me to have difficulty seeing such things as rockets on Mimiron and alike, this made me think at how I could alleviate this problem. When looking through other peoples layouts, one that I particularly felt would be beneficial to the way I play was Menktâ€™s UI. His unit frame on the right hand side with the raid there, personally I preferred my Raid to the right to prevent me from focusing purely on grid, Which again was an annoyance with the previous layout as I would find myself lost within grid and been slower to react to changes to the raid.
Using the same unit frames and core mods as Lotekâ€™s UI (primarily due to memory consumption levels) I switched them around. I feel like I can still focus on my target 100% as the previous, yet freeing up a lot of space around my character to allow me to be more aware of what is going on during raids.
To Doâ€™s for this alteration would be find a suitable place for my focus frames, at the moment then are stuck to the right of the target for ease of sight. Also a way of altering how/where debuffs show so I can be more aware of adjustments I need to make. Also with the inclusion of Forte Exorcist (props to Meka for showing just how much of a strong mod this is) I feel that the cooldown bar at the bottom is redundant.
Any thoughts/suggestions/critiques are very welcome.