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#1 Pika

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 05:56 PM

Hey AJ

Since its the end of the season I decided to start reorganizing my UI and keybinds in order to help me become a better player. And after 2 hours of completely redoing everything over and over i'm no further forward. I just wanted to ask the AJ community for any advice regarding macros and keybinds.

I've realized that its about time I get target arena1/2/3 but can't seem to find any good binds for them. I use the cntrl/shift/alt modifiers already but not really a fan of combining them. I was thinking maybe alt+A, alt+W,alt+D for them? also once you have these macros should you also use focus arena1/2/3 macros?

I understand everyone reading this is going to think "personal preference" but since I have 2 weeks of downtime until the next season I would like to practice using the most efficient bindings so this way I can play optimally next season.

I mainly play resto sham so I already need party1/2/3 and cleanse1/2/3 but is it also important to use wind shear1/2/3 and dispel1/2/3 on top of my focus shear/purge?

I was basically hoping to start some discussion on the best way to organize your keybinds and bar space. I attempted to use many bar saver mod macros using shift/alt and nomod but it annoys me not being able to see the CD on all my spells like I could before.

I understand a lot of classes have this problem but its really irratating trying to come up with 50+ fast binds for all my spells/totems/shears/tagets. I know people say you dont need absolutely everything bound but its irritating in arena when I get one second to squeeze a lava burst in as resto and don't have it bound. Or to cast waterwalking for a DK's dark sim. So because of this I'd really like to bind 95% of all my abilities in some effect sensible way.

currently after the 3rd time redoing my bindings today Ive used 1-6, shift 1-6. alt1-6, cntrl1-6, then Q,E,R,T,G,F,C,X,Z, then shift Q,E,R,T,G,F,C,X,Z, and alt Q,E,R,T,G,F,C,X,Z and still dont have everything bound including shear123/focus123.

So how do you do it? and how do you think the best way to organize your UI/keybinds is?

Pce

PS I also play a mage/lock so would like to keep the bindings as generic as possible.
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#2 Flavours

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:26 PM

Here is an excelent guide that helped me from Cottage, over on Skillcapped.



Here is my own personal, and more general key binding guide.

http://www.arenajunk...s/#entry4060139

I'm worried on how you're using nearly twice as many binds as me and don't have everything bound? Could you include a picture of your UI, and macro book?
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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:37 PM

I think a naga would help you with your problem :). also help/harm macros could save some keybinds for example if i target a enemy and f1 it will wrath and if i target a friendly player and f1 it will cast revive 2 spells on 1 keybind i have a few of those macros which help alot... this is the macro if you wondered

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/cast [help] Revive; [harm] Wrath
/cast [@player] Revive

Edited by Miixzy, 23 February 2014 - 06:45 PM.

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#4 Pika

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:03 PM

Thanks a lot for your help guys, finally think I've finalised my binds. Thought I'd include them in case anyone else was looking for an example.

For target me/party1/part2 I use mousebutton3/mouse wheel up/ mouse wheel down.

For target enemy1/2/3 I use the same but with Alt modifier.

These can also be bound in the keybind options and you dont need to make macros for them which will save you 6 spots.

For cleansing1/2/3 I use the same again but with the shift mod.

For my interrupts/dispells/hex I combined them with a shift mod for my focus target. which saves another 3 spots.

basically most common spells on -
Q,E,R,F,1,2,3,4,5
frequently used on -
X,Z,C,G,T,H,shift-1,shift-2,shift-3,shift-4,shift-5
and rarely used
alt-1,alt-2,alt-3,alt-4,alt-5.

For big CD's like Ascendance and NS I use F1,F2,F3,F4,F5. Mainly because they don't require any mods so are easily spamible and for me pretty comfortable to reach easily.(also im used to this ;) )

I tried out the help/harm macros but realized sometimes in arena I like to target the guy attacking me, to track his buffs while being able to cast on myself.

So having a [help] riptide; [harm] flame shock doesnt work so well. So I bound my 'Attacks' to cntrl-1,2,3,4,5.

Anyway should take me few weeks to learn them properly but hopefully they'l be more efficient.

Thanks again for all the advice!

who needs a naga ;)
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#5 Pika

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:06 PM

On a side note I still have +50 spells bound and still finding more I could use. Its a bit ridiculous really. Bring on the great purge of WOD
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#6 Flavours

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 05:50 PM

34 Binds here, including all my modifier binds and targeting binds. But i'm glad you got everything finalized! Hope you get comfortable with them and pick up some ratings next season!
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