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5-30-2011 @ 5:50PM
I was wondering about add-ons such as healbot and clique, where you can bind spells to the mouse buttons and cast them by clicking on the players raid frame. You didnt mention these but alot of healers use them to quickly dispell or cast heals on raid and party members. I have used clique with xperl raidframes for awhile now and the only weakness ive found is a lack of enough buttons to bind to and the occasional inability to target a different player to cast an unbound spell on. I would like to get your opinion on this matter. Thank you
5-30-2011 @ 6:13PM
Hm... while I've never used Clique, I've always thought you could have quite a few modifier keys. I personally use Vuhdo and a three button mouse. Vuhdo lets you set spells for clicks with no modifer, clicks with shift, clicks with ctrl, click with alt, and clicks with combinations (shift+ctrl, etc). I always thought Clique was the same (you can use modifers and combinations modifiers), but again I haven't used it so I could be wrong - I've never run out of spell "slots," even on a druid or priest where there's a lot of spells to bind within nomod, shift, crtl and alt (12 spell slots all together).
5-30-2011 @ 6:25PM
The tricky thing really is the sheer size of the priest's spell book. Using the mouseover macros and keybinding allows for a very large number of spells to be easily within reach. The other 3 healing classes work well with click casting from experience.If you're fortunate enough to have (or be able to afford) a multi button mouse like the Razer Naga, then you'll have enough buttons.If not, then you may find yourself needing a heal that you haven't got bound- or can't remember the modifiers for. A 5 button mouse WILL provide enough buttons, as you can use ctrl, alt and shift as modifiers. A naga just reduces the number of modifiers you need.Alot comes down to practice. Once you've practiced healing using click casts, they're just as versatile as mouseover macroing. If you have a gaming pad, then you can get around the issue alot of mouseover players have told me about, where you need to move using the keyboard, whilst hitting keybinds and having your mouse in the right location. Click casters just use the keys to move, and maybe a pinky finger for modifiers.Simplest way is to give it a try for a week or so (a day isnt enough). If you're having issues with targeting a different player, then make sure you dont use left or right click to target. If you've got unbound spells, bind em. Personally, the only spells i have that aren't bound to my 5 button mouse (if only i could afford a gaming pad and a naga!!) are my targeting reticule spells.
5-30-2011 @ 6:28PM
Healbot will let you set 7 spells per button with modifiers. Also, I prefer this method because I just don't see how the mouseover + key bind people can heal while moving. With click casting I have my most important instant cast spells bound to non modifier clicks so I can always cast those while moving.
5-30-2011 @ 8:38PM
The Razer Naga is a great mouse, but there's a catch to the 12-button grid on the side : those buttons are not considered "mouse buttons". You can set them to act like any normal key that you like, but not like additional mouse buttons (or I don't know how to do it).VuhDo recognizes the normal left and right button, the scroller button, the "scroll up" and "scroll down" and the two narrow buttons on the top left as "mouse buttons" you can set for mouseover use.However, the 12-button grid will have to first be set to actual keys on your keyboard, keys that you can afterwards use with VuhDo as mouseover keys.So if, like me, all of your keys are already assigned and you don't want to use them for mouseover use with VuhDo, you'll have to create macros with modifiers (such as button 1 = alt + & for instance) in the Razer Naga preferences, then assign that macro to a mouseover spell in VuhDo...Don't know if I was clear there, but I tried to be ! :D
5-31-2011 @ 11:15AM
Agreed, I've been a user of Clique + raidframes since AQ came out, no damn kids on my lawn muttering about them newfangled keybinds will get me to change.Hassles aside, clicking vs keybinding is one of the oldest debates in the trade, and both can be extremely effective. I find CTRL / ALT / SHIFT + Left/Right/Middle buttons gives me 9 spell options, thumb buttons add a couple more. Outside of that, there aren't many more spells you actually cast regularly. Anything with a lengthy cooldown like PI and DH can be put on action bars, and so long as you keep your setup consistent, it works well across multiple chars. That being said, I do keep forgetting about Binding Heal. ie, I have left as ctrl+ left as a fast heal, so flash/LHW/regrowth/FoL etc.alt + left is a big heal, so GH/GHW/HT/HL and middle click does renew/PoM/riptide, right click is for shields or aoes, so PoH/CH/PW:S/or even bubbling people pulling aggro as a pally tank.Took me a while to learn a long time ago, but now it is all second nature, all I have to do is hit modifier + mouseclick and whether I be on Shaman/Priest/pally or whatever, a useful spell of the right general type appears. All you need to do is click on the raidframe and bang, healed. I have had friends use both that and keybinds, and most prefer clique, although the learning curve is a little steeper to start as you need to memorise your bindings rather than just look at the pictures on the screen. Older people do find it harder, but then they also don't tend to play multiple alts.
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