Ahh! Everyones dieing, BLAME THE HEALER!
Sound familiar? Well from what I have seen in beta we should expect to see a lot more of this in the future. From what I have experienced as a tank(trying to do anything just to live) and from listening to my friends who have played healers in beta so far, healing in this game is tough. Before coming to Rift I played World of Warcraft for many years and spent most of my time on World of Warcraft healing. I am a healer at heart even though I will probably be playing a warrior at launch. I know that personally something I would never want to heal without is something called a Mouse-Over macro.
What is a Mouse-Over macro? A Mouse-Over macro is a macro where instead of having to (target someone, click a heal, target someone else, click another heal, target previous person, click another heal) you can set up a macro to remove the targeting steps while healing. This will make your life much easier when healing. All you have to do is have your mouse over the portrait of another character (or your own) and then click your heal and it will heal the person with that heal that you used that you had your cursor over top of. This can sound kind of confusing so I took a few screenshots, unfortunately I wasn't thinking that the game wouldn't take a screenshot of my mouse so I had to go into Paint and draw a bad cursor on each of the pictures.
Here are two pictures which will hopefully give you an idea of what I am talking about with mouse-over macros.
See how in the picture I have my badly drawn cursor over my characters portrait while I have the enemy targeted? If I did this and now clicked 5 I would heal myself without ever having to target myself.
In this picture I have my badly drawn cursor over my pets portrait while having the enemy targeted, now if I click 5, my heal it will heal my pet even though I don't have it targeted I just have my cursor over it.
Because of this I don't have to waste time clicking and I can keep any boss or enemy I want targeted to either cast spells at or watch what they are casting so that I can react to what they are using against me.
How do I set it up? You set it up by unfortunately making a macro for each one of your heals. You set up a macro by typing /macro which will open up a menu with an option to create a new macro. You can leave the picture as a question mark and name the macros whatever you want. You will be leaving the picture as a question mark because the macro is set up so that it will show the picture of the heal you have the macro set up with. Here is an example of what it should look like and what you should be typing for each heal.
Sorry that the picture is kind of big, I wanted to make sure it was big enough for everyone to read the text. For my macros I set the name as nothing because I can clearly see by the pictures which heal I will be casting but some of you might want to name them just to keep track of them all.
In the command box you should be typing.
#show (Name of the Heal)
cast @mouseover (Name of the Heal)
Then when you are done hit save and drag your new macro down onto your bars and you should have a working Mouse-Over cast for your healing spells =) They don't take very long to set up and they are very useful. When you don't have your cursor over top of anyones portraits you will just heal yourself just like if you were to use a heal with no one targeted or an enemy targeted.
I'm really looking forward to testing out healing in beta 7, especially in pvp. I made a build for myself that includes two self shields and lots of instant cast heals and heals over time so that I shouldn't have to be stationary for very long if ever. If I like healing enough I might make a cleric upon release instead of a warrior I'm not to sure yet, I love healing but I've been healing WoW raids since the start of BC and I'm thinking of trying something new with Rift so that I don't burn myself out playing something familiar to what I have been doing already for the past 4-5 years. Anyways I hope to see you all when beta 7 comes back up, for all who haven't heard yet beta 7 is supposed to be up February 15th to the 21st. The new level cap will be 42.
Hope this helped,