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12-24-2008 @ 2:30PM
suggesting that using the mouse to move is less important in pve sends the wrong message...the kind of message that wipes raids. Many casual guilds have to deal with players who...well, don't play very well. So, telling people that they don't need to move quickly, like out of a fire or to keep up with a boss, in a raid is highly inaccurate. Keyboard + mouse and being able to move quickly: highly recommended for both pvp and pve, hardcore and casual alike
12-24-2008 @ 3:07PM
Nah. I play on a laptop because I play WoW to relax and sitting at a desk is like work for me and I don't have any problem in getting out of stuff on the floor or things falling on me. Speed of turning or moving isn't the issue with that, it's situational awareness and being smart enough to move in the first place.
12-24-2008 @ 3:15PM
Suggesting that all players need to play a certain way also sends the wrong message. Not all classes are built the same way. Casters in particular might benefit from Click-Casting instead. I've never seen a raid wipe because someone was a Keyboard Turner. Never, ever.
12-24-2008 @ 3:27PM
I'm a keyboard-turner--laptop, no desk for a USB mouse to be functional on--and I'm one of the few in my groups who can consistently stay alive during Heigan the Unclean.WI isn't saying quick movement in PvE isn't important. They're saying that the difference between mouse and keyboard turning isn't going to be life-and-death. If you can't move out of the fire on a keyboard, you're not going to fare MUCH better with your mouse; a mouse only gives a slight edge to people with horrid reaction times in the first place. If you're going to nitpick, get it right. Blizz isn't going to design level 80 PvE content that can't be accomplished with their default controls, especially with their turn toward catering to casual players.
12-24-2008 @ 4:21PM
I'm a healer, and I don't PvP. Even on my melee DPS characters, I'm one of the only people in the raid who gets out of the fire/whirlwind in time. I'm also a keyboard turner. But I use a combination of strafe and turn, often holding down strafe and turn at the same time with the same finger, and I have extremely precise control over where my character is running.In fights where I know I'm going to have to run away very fast, I try to position myself so that strafing will take me in the proper direction. Taking that extra moment to turn around and THEN run (even if I'm turning with my mouse, I'm still standing still during that time) could cost me my life, whereas with my method I just start running as soon as I see it. But in the end, it's less about how you control your character, and more about how fast you can react to the situation.Oh, and I HATE click casting. I find it very difficult to remember which combination of shift/control/option-right click is for what spell. It's extremely unintuitive. It's so much easier to use mouseover macros tied to number keys. I don't even use the F keys for targeting party members, I just have 1-6 and F1 through F6 for all of my abilities. So much easier to remember which abilities are which when they're all lined up like that.
12-24-2008 @ 7:10PM
@AyaJuliaIf you don't have room for a mouse, have you thought about Thumbball/trackballs? They don't require much of a footprint, and don't move, so you don't need extra space to use them. Logitech makes several styles, but I still use MicroSoft's Trackball optical (sadly discontinued) as it has 2 extra programmable buttons. Guildmate uses a Logitech Trackball with wow, and swears it's better than her old mouse.
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