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9-30-2011 @ 3:37PM
My point isn't that my way is the only way, it's that if the D-Pad isn't something you're comfortable using for mobility, there are other uses for it that are very good options.I personally have never been comfortable with using my mouse to steer while moving, I prefer having a set of keys for turning and strafing. The D-Pad isn't very effective with how I like to play as there is no easy place to add strafing and turning keys in. To that end, I find it very useful for handling my modifier keys. This lessens the number of places I have to reach to cast certain spells and groups them together in a method I find easy to use and remember. Because of that, I can trim down my key presses to a manageable few that are easy to recall as just a thumb position + key.If my most common spam spell is Incinerate, and I get the occasional Soul Fire proc I can continue hitting button 4 and just roll my thumb up on the D-Pad to trigger the Soul Fire spell on my next cast instead of Incinerate, all without breaking my stride. It helps make for a fairly smooth rotation.But again, that is how I enjoy playing.
9-30-2011 @ 3:38PM
Silly commenting system, pretend this is linked a few posts up under Grendalsh's reply to my chain.Thanks
9-30-2011 @ 5:29PM
Likewise, my intent was not to imply my way is right. However, let me offer the following. From what I gather of your layout, you are using keys for WASDQE movement and the dpad as a modifier. This subtracts 6 keys from the grid of 15, but add in the dpad for another 4, for a total of 13 keybinds. At the same time, you are controlling both movement and spells with the same four fingers. Conversely, you could have movement controlled by your thumb, and have your 4 fingers free to control 5 modifiers x12 keys = 60 keybinds. However, if you only use a dozen keybinds, then this method would be overkill.
9-30-2011 @ 5:52PM
I totally get that it may seem like a loss of keys, however the other half of my setup is a Logitech G700 series mouse which has 12 additional programmable buttons. It is on this device that I put the spells i cast most frequently. That way I can control my movement with my 6 keys on the Belkin, my modifier with my thumb, and access a lot of my keybinds with my mouse and what is remaining on the Belkin.I left the mouse part off my initial comment as it didn't pertain to the article.
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