It was an alright band-aid solution, but had two problems; a) I couldn't discern my own HoTs from someone else's, and b) I had no way of knowing how long was left on the HoTs - all the corner dots told me was that there was a HoT active. The fact that it showed other people's HoTs meant that I often saw a purple corner square and thought my Rejuv was still up - when in fact it was someone else's. Not good!
So for a while I used HoT trackers - bar style trackers that would show all the HoTs that you have on various targets. They're great, but it's hard to watch two different chunks of information at once - moving your gaze from Grid to HoT bars and back isn't very efficient and you can't really process the information quickly. I prefer to have all of the data right on Grid, so I don't have to look to different places for different info.
GridStatusHots was updated recently and works like a charm (really not sure why I had trouble before, plenty of people swore by it). So now that I have updated, this post is to show you how to get all of your HoT counters onto Grid (without clutter).
Here's what I have right now:
As you can see, I have counters showing for Rejuv, Regrowth, and Lifebloom. I don't bother with a counter for Wild Growth because it is so short and to be honest I don't really need to know how long is left on it, just whether it is up. Druids who lean more towards raid healing may want a WG timer for when the patch goes live and you are using WG+Nourish on the raid. This is just personal preference.
From the above picture I can see that the druid has 12 seconds of Rejuvenation, 21 seconds of Regrowth, and 5.8 seconds of a triple stack of Lifebloom remaining. The warrior has two stacks of Lifebloom (yellow) and the pally only has one (red). I can also see who has aggro, buffs, etc.. but that's a story for another day.
Addon modules you'll need
- shows the Lifebloom counter, coloured by the number of stacks on your target (red=1, yellow=2, green=3).
- shows your other HoT counters, coloured by time remaining (green>yellow>red as the timer approaches zero).
- allows you to add counters to the corners of your Grid squares.
How to set things up
Edit: I think GSHoTs will do this for you if you want, but I've never used it for Lifebloom and really like GSL. If you don't want to use two mods, you can follow the above instructions for Rejuv/Regrowth and copy them for Lifebloom, but I haven't tried this myself so I'm not sure how it would display.
1. Make sure you have "Center Text 2" enabled. This allows you to have both the target's name and another set of information (in this instance, Lifebloom - but it could be "DEAD", "FD", "OFFLINE", their health deficit.. etc).
Click here to see how to enable.
2. To set up your Lifebloom counter, you need to set Center Text 2 to show "Lifebloom duration".
Click here to see how to enable.
3. Next, check that your Lifebloom stack colours are correct. I set mine to be red when I have only one LB up, yellow for two, and green means I have three stacks and can just keep refreshing them from now on.
Click here to see how to set these colours up.
NOTE: If you use Center Text 2 for multiple things (in my case I use it for death warning, FD, offline warning and health deficit) make sure you set those things to a lower priority (eg 80%) and set your Lifebloom counter priority to 99%. This means that your Lifebloom counter will always override the other texts that you show in Center Text 2. Do this in the same window as your colour settings.
Rejuv & Regrowth
1. In the Frame menu, select "Corner Text Top Left". Check the "My Rejuvenation" button. Repeat this for "Corner Text Top Right" and My Regrowth. Obviously you can pick different corners if you wish.
Click here to see where to find these options.
2. Now for the complicated part. For Regrowth and Rejuv, you'll need to set your base colours and define when the counters should change colour from your base colour to red, to warn you that it has almost expired. I also turn off the option to show how many HoTs are on the target - I find this isn't really useful information for me, but that's personal choice again.
First, click on the coloured squares to set up your colours. The top square is your "base" colour - when you cast your HoT on someone, the counter will show up in this colour initially.
Next, the two other coloured squares are for the colours that will show you that your HoT is running down and will expire soon (by default these are yellow and then red). If you don't want them to change colour, just set them to match the first colour.
Finally, you can adjust the timers that decide when the colours change - so if you would like it to turn red at 1 second left, you can set it to do that.
And that should be it - now you can see Rejuv, Regrowth and Lifebloom on your targets easily, and see at a glance how long each has left, along with how many stacks of Lifebloom you have and when to refresh.
If you're a chronic early-refresher like me, it should go a long way to helping you break the habit and refresh when you should be, saving a bunch of mana. If you have the Regrowth glyph, it will also help to make sure you don't lose your current Regrowth ticks prematurely and lose the 20% bonus.
Happy HoTting! :)
Edit: You should also check out Phae's post at Resto4Life - it's very thorough and goes through a lot more setup options (not just HoTs).