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3-26-2009 @ 5:39PM
Here's an authentic nüb question: what's the deal with tab-targeting? Almost all of my higher-level characters are healers, so I'm used to acquiring targets via their portraits. On the rare occasion that I group with my warlock, though, I toss curses on every mob at the start of every combat by acquiring them with the tab key, which is apparently a bad idea for reasons that nobody ever seems to remember. Yes, I most definitely do have nameplates enabled, but it's an inestimable waste of time at the start of each combat trying to keep track of which enemies I've already cursed, considering that as the mobs move their nameplates shuffle around without regard to the absolute position of the mob. With tab I'm guaranteed to get every mob, and as soon as I get to a mob that's already cursed I'm back at the top of the lineup and ready to start nuking. What am I doing wrong?
3-26-2009 @ 5:57PM
Tab-targeting is bad because if you're within range of a second group of mobs, you can accidentally curse and pull if you're not paying attention. I did this once in Kara with the mind-controlling groups in the ballroom. We wiped. Fortunately, my raid group was understanding.It's not "OMG DON'T EVER DO THAT, YOU NOOB!" like some people like to say, but you have to be REALLY careful while doing it to make sure you're tagging the right things!
3-26-2009 @ 6:13PM
Tab targeting also offers less control when you want to hit a specific mob out of a group, and may not even extend to all of the enemies if they're not directly in front of you. Cycling through 16 enemies in a raid to get to the one you actually want to be hitting can mean a great deal of downtime.
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