I’ve come to the point in my healing career when I want to see when a tank has popped a cooldown, or if another healer has used some sort of cooldown (such as pain suppression) on the tank. It’s time for yet another grid plugin.
The name is a little misleading, because it’s not tank cooldowns but really abilities used by every class on themselves or on others to save their lives.
Now, you could enter in all this junk manually as buffs using the standard Grid interface. Knock yourself out.
As you can see, the addon only checks by default some of the most often-used tank cooldowns. It leaves cooldowns such as mage’s ice block unchecked.1 The only thing I found lacking was that warrior’s “last stand” was not checked by default. Or maybe it was shield wall. Whatever, you need to check both of those, seriously.
Look, there are the priest buffs. Pain Suppression and Guardian Spirit. This is important stuff. We very much care when one of these suckers is used on the tank.
If you feel so inclined, you can set priorities for the buffs, so if multiple cooldowns are popped at the same time, you can control which displays.
As usual, I was lazy, and left the defaults as-is. So far, so good.2
Display as Box
Fooled you! Showing as a box is not a viable option, because they would all appear as the same color. You want to know which cooldown was applied, not just that there is one present.
Display as Icon
To do this you’ll need an icon indicator plugin, such as GridIndicatorCornerIcons, GridIndicatorSideIcons, or GridIndicatorIconBar. Don’t use the center icon. The center icon is sacred.
Make sure to check the box for Tanking Cooldowns on the center/side/whatever icon.
And the result:
I fully acknowledge that this is FAIL. The icon is too small to figure out what the hell it is.3 And even if it weren’t, I wouldn’t know the difference, because I don’t know what the hell all these things look like. I don’t think I even know what my own pain suppression looks like. Moving on…
Display as Text
Before you set it up though, there are a few things to consider.
Text Length: The length of text shown is based on the length of text that you use for your names in your raid frames. I only show the first 4 letters. If you show 10 letters, you may get long cooldown names that don’t fit in the box.
Caster Name versus Spell Name: By default, Tanking Cooldowns shows caster name if you use text. Yuck, useless.4 If you are using a text indicator to show you which cooldown was cast, make sure to change the dropdown from caster name to spell name.
Now we’re ready to configure with ye olde check box on side/corner text.
And I do like the results!
- Because, really, who cares if the mage is using a cooldown? Who cares if the mage dies? ↩
- I’ve taken this plugin for a spin on a few raids now. Good times. ↩
- Again, don’t even THINK about using the center icon. ↩
- In theory, you could use an icon indicator to tell you WHAT the spell is, and then a separate text indicator in another area of your frame to tell you who cast it. I think that knowing who cast what isn’t that important, but if you run 25’s you may disagree. ↩