The lightwell (still affectionately known as “lolwell” from the days when it used to suck) is a powerful tool. It costs little mana and it can be used when casting is interrupted. Yet it is incredibly frustrating because it depends on the actions of others.
When your raiders use it, that’s a lot of healing. On the last raid, almost 10% of my healing was from lightwell clicks. That’s pretty significant.
So how do you maximize the use of lolwell when it’s not really up to you at all?
When you’re out and about with your guildies in a non-raid situation, remember to place the lightwell even if it’s not strictly necessary in a heroic. Remind them that it exists and teach them about its use when you’re in a more relaxed setting. That way, remembering it and clicking it becomes more ingrained. (I can also dominate vent and nag and remind in a heroic. In a raid, Alas will break my fingers.)
For this, you really need to know the encounter. Once you do, you’ll know exactly where to place it to maximize the clicking. I recommend somewhere that nobody is going to be standing, so that it is easier to click. If you have a free raid marker, you can put it above the lightwell.
I can’t even tell you how many times I forget to replace lightwell when it expires. I’m looking into a good addon for this for next week’s raid. Preferably one that puts up big letters in the middle of the screen “REPLACE THE LIGHTWELL, MORON.” They can’t click it if it’s not there.
4. Announce the placement
You can announce the placement via addon (I use Raeli’s Spell Announcer), with a macro, or in vent. This depends on the learning style of your raiders and your raid leader’s vent preferences.
Blanket “remember to use the lolwell” are good, but it helps when you pick a specific time when clicking the lightwell will benefit you. After a big aoe damage spike, say “ok everyone, click the lightwell.” This starts the group getting healed up at a crucial time when YOU need it.
I use Raeli’s Spell Announcer to tell me about clicks during the battle. I also use world of logs afterward to see how lightwells were used. I was awesomely proud of my raid last week when I looked for the lightwell and found that it was gone, but still on cooldown – meaning the raiders had used up all the charges. If anyone knows of a good lightwell tracking addon, I’d love to hear about it.
Anyone else have tips on maximizing that tricksy lightwell?