as a healer I always hated targetting the 4th guy in our group and using my alt key... ALT+F4 = WIPE
I use an X-keys Foot Pedal with the one pedal mapped to Rejuvenation, one to Innervate and the third makes me jump!
Kinda troubling for Hunters and Locks with the CTRL key, since they use those to control their pets also. I set up a couple of macros for my lock some time ago involving CTRL, let's just say my pet went wild :D
I play with my keyboard in my lap, so I can't use this technique reliably. But I'm sure it works for those with proper gaming-desks available.
I thought most players used the SHIFT and ALT keys. I've used them myself since I started playing, and it has given me more than enough keybindings to never run out. My warrior has 48 keybindings, my shaman 50, etc. I don't suggest this for people who might forget that many bindings though.
This truely sounds interesting, the only thing is, I think I might possibly cause my computer to crash if I try this.. :X Also, I'm not so sure if this is viable in PvP. In PvE, you at least can predict what can happen. In PvP, it's all about the class, what you have on CD, what they have on CD, and gear. (well, a good bit of the time, at least) I'll test it out when I get back home later today, see what I come up with.
Cool post man. Just don't do like one of my friends and try to keybind alt with F4 (true story).
I've always hated using asdwx keys for movement in any game, so I have always used the arrow keys. I always find I end up accidently shifting my position by one key (so hitting 'g' instead of 'f' and '6' instead of '5', etc.) because I lose track of my starting 'neutral' position.Consequesntly, I only use the right-hand side of my keyboard (except uncommonly mapped function to the 'F-keys'). The right-hand side of the keyboard just seems more comfortable from a hand-position aspect. I feel its less 'crampy' and more sure-footed (or is that sure-handed?).From a neutral position over the arrow keys, I can easily hit all the numpad keys without moving from my neutral position. As an additional benefit, it's really easy to feel where the keys are on the numpad. I would never accidentally hit 7 instead of 8 for example - something I always do if I play from the 'default' position of asdf.The 6 buttons above the arrow keys (Insert, Home, End, etc.) are also very easy to push form the neutral position and since they are symmetrically lined up, a mis-push is rare.Regarding the palm-press technique... I simply use my pinky to press Ctrl or Shift, and still have very easy access to all the previous keys. Again, I never have to really move out of my starting neutral position, or if I do, it's very easy to find since the arrow keys are very distinctly aligned. I also don't have the worry about hitting Windows key that way and minimizing the WoW window - how annoying is that!)The downside is that I do need to do a fair amount of initial re-mapping for new games. Most (including WoW) don't equate number X with numpad-X. But, I simply add numpad-X as an alternate keypress for X. Page-up/Page-Down usually zoom or change camera view, but I always use my scroll wheel for that, so I would rebind zoom anyways. Any other rarely used functionality for Insert/Delete, etc (depending on game) I move to the left-side of the keyboard or the F-keys.Finally, a 5 button mouse is now standard equipment for me. Add keybinding to most of the buttons along with Ctrl and Shift variants, and most of the 'real time' clicking happens on the mouse rather than the keyboard anyways.
For most classes you can actually easily bind all major rotation spells to Modifiers with the E and F key. For a Warlock, I use Shift E for Haunt, E for Corruption, Ctrl-E for CoA and Alt-E for UA; F for Drain Life, Shift-F for Drain Soul.Warlock's done, two keys.Same for a Priest; Renew on E, Flash Heal on Shift E, Greater Heal on Alt-E, Penance on F, Dispel on Shift F.
This isn't for everyone, but it's nice to present the option to those who don't put much thought into games. I began the game as a druid and the keybinds I recall as "default" consisted of the ALT key for shapeshifting. When I went to a rogue and warrior (paladin, etc.) the same keys ended up being used with ALT. Shift was usually for changing hotbars manually, so I just used CTRL which I was accustomed to from first-person shooter games. I've pretty much used ASDF instead of WADS for every game after QTF. I find it easier to revert to home row than one-to-the-left.
1) WTF using the palm to hold down CTRL or ALT? How the hell you do that (efficiently I mean)? I use my lil finger for that.2) Personnaly I use:WASD to move, Space to jump, TAB to target (these are the obvious)Q E R F G 1 2 Mouse3 (the scroll), Mouse4, Mouse5 (2 side buttons)then I add the same keys but with CTRL and ShiftI have Shift + D, Shift+Space,Ctrl+Space tooI do not really use ALT because I find it very unpleasant when you have to move (and it prevent me to jump!)3) The X-keys® USB 84 and 128 Key Keyboards are things I think I would never use because they would require me to move my palm way too much and I have feeling I woul have to check my keyboard too much to see that my hand is correctly over the right thing.
Well, maybe I didn't explain very well in the article. The palm is used so the pinkie finger can push other keys. Such as walking backwards while using CTRL+5 to push an emergency panic button, etc. (an excellent example would be roaming when tanking and needing to hit Last Stand) in TBC.As I elaborated on above, I use ALT for keys that need to be accessible, but without highest priority. For example, changing Stance or Aura. Those are things which generally don't matter whether you're jumping or not...so it won't detract from you in combat.What can I say? Keybinds are an art-form unique to each individual.
I don't need to use that many. I turn mostly with my mouse. I only have forward, left strafe, and right strafe on W,E,R. I use 1-6, q, t, a, s, d, f, z, x, c, v, b, and those keys plus Shift (except "b" since that's still put to open all bags.) I have a five button mouse and my trinkets (I PvP a lot, so trinket is pretty self-explanatory) are bound to them. I have party buffs bound to F6-F9. I have yet to bother with Ctrl, but I've used it before so it wouldn't be a problem.There are some spells that I don't have bound (I'm a priest, shadow mostly), but I feel that just having FH, GH, PoM, Renew and shield is enough when I'm probably just trying to keep myself or an FC alive for a bit until a real healer can come along.As for the Windows button? When I started to custom bind all my keys I just pried that bastard off the left side of my keyboard. :P