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Keybound: Grid and Clique

March 19, 2010

Welcome to the second post of Keybound, my guide to all things Keybindy and cool. Today’s focus is Grid and Clique, and what they can do for you.

I’ll start with a small explanation of each one. Grid is a raid frames addon, that watches the health of your raid. You can modify it to show buffs, and aggro warnings, and a few other things. Everyone should have either a raidframes mod, or drag the blizzard raidframes out of the ‘O’ panel. Knowing when someone’s died or about to is vital, and it’s almost impossible to heal a raid without raidframes. Clique is an addon that links up to raidframes and unitframes, making it so that clicking on them whilst holding down a certain button triggers an effect. Example:

Zal binds flash of light to ‘Shift-Leftbutton.’ In a raid, I see on Grid that someone needs about 5k’s worth of healing, I shiftclick on their box with my Left mouse button, and Zal casts a Flash of light on them, without re-targetting or pausing for a moment.

Here are my Holy Clique binds – Clique Holy Binds

Hitting those combination of keys ontop of my normal Grid raid setup will result in those spells being cast on them, regardless of whether I’m targeting them or not. Everything that has extra weight to cast, like Hand of Protection, I have on my action bars. I don’t risk Keybinding these, because I move very fast when healing and a finger brushing the wrong modifier could result in the tank getting the Hand of Protection, or worse, the Divine intervention. So I save those spells for my action bars. But this saves out the ‘middleman’ step which new healers do – using an addon like grid to target someone, so they click onto the person, go back to their actionbars and click the heal. That means there’s a 2 second delay on every heal, plus a larger margin of error. Not a good way to do it.

Grid, 25 man raidFrom this, I can tell that Aarwen, Horadric and Allisia are dead. Denu is in need of a heal, and he’s a Shaman, so his health can be topped off with a Holy shock/flash of light. Prettypink and Famouswolf are in the same situation. Crases is currently tanking, so he has the red Aggro border. If one of the people I know isn’t tanking gets that red aggro border, I’ll immediately start spam healing them until it goes away. It could save their life. Everyone who’s faded out is out of range. Normally it wouldnt be so many people, I took this shot just after a kill and had backed away from the raid somewhat.

Now I tell things from a healer perspective, but I’ve dpsed and tanked too and this post is just as useful to those who do that. I have a similar set of bindings for my Ret spec, so I can heal in an emergency. When I used to tank, I bound Righteous Defense to Ctrl-Leftclick, so I could keep one eye on Grid. If someone suddenly developed a red aggro frame, I could Ctrl-Leftclick on their frame and have all the mobs run back to me.

Any DPS that can decurse, cleanse, whatever, wants something similar. If we take Mages for an example, as a pure DPS class, they can still make good use of it. They can bind Focus magic, Amplify and Dampen Magic, Remove Curse and Slow fall, to name a few.

So go, take what you’ve learnt, and put it to good use. There are different addons that work like this, such as Voodoo and Healbot, but I find this way to be the most free, the least laggy, and the most customizable.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. sofandtree permalink
    March 19, 2010 11:30 am

    Just so you know.
    My UI borked in ICC25 on Wednesday again. I am ready to sit back and relax whilst you take over my screen and give me a new one this weekend.

    • Zal permalink*
      March 19, 2010 11:12 pm

      Oh sweet. Just what I love doing.

  2. Grokknar permalink
    March 22, 2010 4:18 pm

    Stumbled across this article from after following a link from twitter to your raiding standards guide.

    I must say your keybinds are scarily like mine. Looks like some very similar trains of thought went into it. Where it differs is that I’ve got left click bound to HL so that I can just click away. Shift-left click to HS and Ctrl-left click to FoL.

    I do however have my scary spells bound too. Now I’ve learnt to avoid using shift-ctrl-left click on a pull but there was a time when a few misplace Divine Interventions went out :S My raid group mostly thought it was funny which helped 🙂

    • Zal permalink*
      March 22, 2010 4:43 pm

      Hehe,I used to bind BoP but my arena mate made me take it off 😛
      And I’ve considered binding a heal to left click, but it’s the only way I have left of targeting my raid members unitframes, so I left it alone 🙂 I do occasionally select someone for a quick Freedom, Salvation, etc.
      It’s a convenience set up really, the faster you can get to the core spells the better you perform! 😀

  3. Borghir permalink
    June 19, 2010 3:37 am

    The only thing that frustrates me with Clique is that when I set left-click to a heal all unitframes that I left click on cast a heal. Not just the ones from Grid. Is there any way to get around this?

    Basicly I’d like Clique to work only on my grid and not on my Current/Focus selected target.

    • Zal permalink*
      June 19, 2010 8:58 am

      Yes, that’s perfectly possible! Get the Clique box up through your spellbook and the clique icon, then hit ‘Frames.’ Un-tick everything that doesn’t have ‘Grid’ in the name, and you should be fine.

  4. Comito permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:25 pm

    I’ve heard of clique, but I use grid only though since I learned to make things called macros through online searching. By making such things called Mouseover macros, I can bind the spells to buttons on my keyboard, move my mouse over the grid interface to a player and by pressing the button on the macro’d spell….I heal the player similar to clique.

    This leaves my mouse buttons for targetting, camera controls whilst running another directions and strafing to I can run faster sideways instead of back peddling lol…


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