I've been trying to keep my two cents out of this one, even though this is an issue that hits me personally pretty hard in regards to WoW and the way I play.
Originally Posted by Viertel
However, this is a fallacy. Running around with poorly placed talents and mis-matched gear does not equate to whether or not you move with the keyboard or the mouse. Or whether or not you switch it up depending on what, exactly you are doing. There are definite standards regarding talents and gear that must be met, they are not relative. Whereas using a mouse or a keyboard to move your character is. There are things that as long as they do get the job done, it doesn't matter how one does them. Gemming, enchanting, using the right gear...these are not those things. The way you move your character is one of those things.
I will give you my own personal example. WoW is the first MMO I ever played. Ever. It is the one I learned on and I learned on it by playing on a laptop with no external mouse and no separate keypad. I use the four direction keys on the bottom right side. Yes. The up, down, left, and right arrows. I use shift-left to strafe left and shift-right to strafe right. I have every single ability I have bound to keys that I can access with my left hand without ever moving my fingers from the "home row" using combinations of shift, ctrl, and alt. I will every now and then use the touchpad mouse on my laptop to reposition my camera angle. I never use the mouse to target. I never use the mouse to click abilities.
Sound clunky? Sure it does.
I also touch type at almost 120 words per minute with 99-100% accuracy. It is actually faster for me to do things by using the keys on the keyboard than by manipulating a mouse. And on the rare occasion when I do have to use the touchpad mouse, I can instantly get my hand back where it goes simply by feeling the bump on the F key. I can...and do...even take the time to type short messages in raid chat or even guild chat...without ever missing any part of my rotation.
Using the keyboard, for me (as someone else has already pointed out in this very thread) has become a matter of muscle-memory and habit to the point that it's almost second nature. Much like one of the greatest trumpet players in history played by puffing out his cheeks, which is the "wrong" way to do it and any music instructor worth their credentials will tell you that under no circumstances you should ever puff your cheeks out when playing the trumpet.
Sure I could turn faster with the mouse. But I've never seen the need to disrupt my muscle memory and my habits by learning the "right" way to do things. Has any of this affected my raiding ability? Not really.
People have actually accused me of either making a joke or outright lying before when I tell them that I never use the mouse. Why? Because they can't tell the difference between the way I play and the way someone doing it the "right" way plays.
Now I will concede that based on my own personal experiences, it is easier to use a mouse when playing certain DPS classes (I have obtained an external mouse and keyboard for this). I still keybind everything and do not click, but again that's because I personally find it easier and faster to "type" my actions. I learned a long time ago that I should not play healers and I do not play healers.
But on my tank? Yes. I keyboard turn and wouldn't want to do it any other way.
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