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 PC’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 Lotek’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 Menkt’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 Lotek’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 Do’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.