User Interface, Keybinds, Macros & Hardware
Patrick O'Callahan "Ciderhelm" and Lore "LOL"
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This podcast will be useful to any World of Warcraft player who wants or needs to learn more about effective game control. The information is relevant to players of all levels of progression. Class-specific advice is given for Warriors and Paladins.
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The following is the rough bullet-point we created prior to recording. There were several on-the-spot additions not represented here.
Why Keybinds are Important
-It's possible to become very proficient at clicking and keyboard turning.
-However, there's a hard cap that can't be overcome due to technical restrictions.
--taunt, mocking blow, etc -- when I do this, it's second nature
--being able to turn quickly
--Muscle memory is an important concept. You're going to have to unlearn this stuff if you're very good, and it's going to suck.
---Try to do it when it will affect the least people. I raided Mon-Thur, so after thursday raid I would change keybinds or install new hardware
--[Lore] If you need help learning to turn with the mouse, unbind turn left and turn right from your keyboard and run around Orgrimmar/Ironforge for an hour
How to Optimize your Interface
--People have asked about my UI. Here's what I find effective:
--It's important to me to have both my rage bar and hitpoints
--Also important to have spell casting bar right in front of you
--UI forums run by Satrina
--[Lore] If you click things, have those buttons large and easy to reach
-Concept -- you want the rotation stuff EASILY available. I use 2, 3, 4, 4 for Shield Slam, Revenge, devastate, devastate. Practice it, 2, 3, 4, 4
-Keep unobstructed but important keys
-Numeric keypad for marking targets
-[Lore] Flip Camera
-This ties into movement -- when you know you have to move, turn your camera, get ready, then move.
--tilda key for push to talk or spell interrupt
--F key is very easy to use, I use it for Thunderclap, CTRL F for Cleave
--1 for Taunt
--G for intercept/intervene macro
--Bind similar keys across stances to the same thing, especially with macros such as berserker rage. For instance, put Shield Slam as 2 in all stances, but also intercept/intervene macros and berserker rage
--[Lore] Keep keybinds distinct as well - don't blow Lay on Hands when you're just trying to get on your mount
-Mouse, shoot, bloodrage
-Click some stuff -- high cooldowns you don't want to screw up, heatlhstones, etc.
-[Lore] Less keys to work with, so choose your binds wisely
-[Lore] Use of thumb adds mobility
-[Lore] Some keybinds stay on regular keyboard
Notes on Macros
--Fear Macro -- Berserker Rage
--Shield Slam -- this macro is important because you can reliably get 4 in, even with some latency issues
--[Lore] Righteous Defense - not as important in 2.4 but still important
--[Lore] Divine Shield/Cancel
--[Lore] Blessing of Protection
-Check our UI forum
Logitech MX518 - Mouse
Razer/Microsoft -- Microsoft teamed up with - Mouse
-Cheap keyboard is fine
-Previously recommended the ergonomic
--I take that back; became frustrating the more I used it
-Microsoft Reclusa vs. Logitech G15
--Both very good
--Logitech gets an edge if you need additional macros
--[Lore] Be right handed
--[Lore] Programming software works on Mac and Windows
Sunwell Radiance Impact
Kel'Thuzad UI Example
TankSpot User Interface Forums
Mozman's Warrior Macros
MainTankadin Paladin Macros
Red Light vs. Blue Light
Belkin N52 Speedpad
Belkin N52 Tournament Edition
Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Microsoft Habu Gaming Mouse
Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse
Corrections & Clarifications
Correction: Regarding humans, the question was regarding The Unbreakable Will vs. Mallet of the Tides vs. The Brutalizer. I failed to mention Unbreakable Will, which makes the question seemingly more obvious than it actually was.
Clarification: 23 Expertise Skill is neither a cap nor a required minimum. 23 Expertise is to negate Dodge and a good portion of Parry; Parry rates are at least twice this, so adding more Expertise than this continues to be good. Conversely, any amount of Expertise is beneficial, but Expertise should not be stacked this high if it leaves you with dangerously low health, armor, or avoidance.
Correction: Made reference to index finger in regards to Tilda key. Meant to say ring finger.
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