One of the more frequently asked questions I get is about addons that I consider essential as a Restoration Druid. While I’ve featured a number of great addons in the past, I have been remiss in the discussion of what — aside from a stellar set of raid frames — is perhaps one of the most beneficial addons you can get: a HoT Timer. With the dynamics of Lifebloom, any tool that helps you monitor its remaining duration is a welcome addition to your healing arsenal. I had originally planned to try out several HoT Timers so that I could compare and contrast them and eventually make a recommendation based on my experience. So I tried out a couple of different ones that differed only in their cosmetics. Then I installed DoTimer and abandoned my original plan for a contrasting analysis. To put it in the simplest terms, DoTimer blew me (and the other addons I had tried) away.
DoTimer is written by Asheyla and was originally conceived as a tool for Warlocks needing to monitor the status of their damage over time spells. It has since grown into a fully-featured set of addons for monitoring several types of timed events such as DoTs, cooldowns, and — of course — heals over time.
Tracking Heals over Time
Type in “/dot” to bring up the DoTimer Main Menu. This is where you will configure the basic settings associated with your DoTs and HoTs. A few of the features of note:
- Show Only Focus/Sort Focus
The Show Only Focus option toggles only displaying timers for your current focus target. This is especially helpful in a 25-man raid when you are rolling one or more HoTs on a tank but also assisting with raid healing via Lifebloom and can help ensure you don’t lose track of what — or, in this case — who is most important. For encounters where you are rolling Lifebloom on multiple tanks, you might instead use the Sort Focus option which will preferentially display the HoTs currently running on your focus target in the first position of your timers.
- On Yourself
By default, HoTs are not shown when cast on yourself. You will probably want to turn this on.
By default, all timers use the same color scheme. However, you can set the color states (beginning, half, and end) associated with individual spells to improve your ability to recognize, at a glance, the difference between your Lifebloom timer and Rejuvenation timer.
- Hidden Types
This allows you to toggle the display of either HoTs or DoTs depending upon your current usage.
- Hidden Timers
If you notice a timer appear in your HoT timer that you don’t want to see in the future, enter its name here and press Enter. You can allow it to display again by typing its name and pressing Esc. This option is useful for hiding timers for on-use effects of trinkets since you may already be accustomed to monitoring those timers through your buffs window and want as few distractions from your Lifebloom queues as possible.
In addition to allowing you to track your DoTs and HoTs, DoTimer also includes a utility for monitoring the status of various cooldowns. This allows you to determine at a glance how long it will be before you can use Innervate, Nature’s Swiftness, or Rebirth again. Equally as useful, it allows you to announce cooldowns to your raid simply by clicking upon them. So if a raid leader asks for a “Battle Rez check” before a boss encounter, you can click your Rebirth cooldown timer to announce, “My cooldown for Rebirth will complete in 10:23.” To open the Cooldowns configuration, type “/cd”. A couple of features to note here are:
If you prefer, you can opt to have your cooldowns displayed alongside your HoT/DoT timers. If you do go with this option, you will probably want to exclude many of them from displaying via the Hidden Timers option.
- Play Sounds
More useful than the corresponding setting for HoTs/DoTs, a sound when Innervate and/or Nature’s Swiftness could be helpful.
One final thing to keep in mind. UI addons that you will reference when healing should be positioned as close to your raid frames as possible. The less time your eyes have to spend speeding across your screen (and back), the quicker your reaction time will inevitably be.
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