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Introduction

KeyboardVsMouse

This has always been a hot topic among the players of WoW, Clicking the abilites or Keybinding it or simply CLICKERS Vs KEYBINDERS. There are many many articles out there which tell the same thing that binding your keys in WoW will surely help you excel in your game.

Of course many people probably use a hybrid approach.

Clickers vs. Keybinders

  • Clickers will always find some excuse backing why 'Clicking is Better'.
  • But Keybinders will never say that Clicking is better, because they know the advantages of key-binding.
  • Binding your keys is not essential for PvE, but it will play a major role in PvP.
  • Turning with your keyboard is Too BAD.(in 99.99% of cases you should use your mouse to turn mostly in PvP, otherwise you’ll end up Like this comic).

Three things you Should keep in mind for Successful Keybindings

  1. Take your Time: You don't have to bind all your abilities at once, Start with few abilities and then you can keep adding more as you start learning to learn your keybinds and start to feel the fluidness with your keys. You can even bind most of your abilities at once. Make note of each key and the ability it is bound with & stick it near your monitor so you can refer it while playing the game.
  2. Easily Accessible Keys: always use easily accessible keys to bind your abilities. Don't use Ctrl+Shift+C or something like that because it's pointless and nearly impossible to press with a single hand.
  3. Frequency of Spells: Bind the spells which you use most often. If your starting new then don't bind spells with long cooldowns and that aren't that essential like Water Elemental or Innervate. After you get used to the key-bindings you could start binding some more commonly used spells: Main damaging abilities ([Hemorrhage], [Frostbolt], [Moonfire], etc)., CC ([Fear], [Polymorph], [Frost Nova], [Psychic Scream], etc.), healing spells ([Lifebloom] [Prayer of Mending], [Flash of Light], etc.).

Some important spells which you should consider to Bind

  • Interrupts: [Kick], [Pummel], [Counterspell] - you should never ever miss these spells. It’s so important and absolutely crucial to use them at the right time in PvP, and can easily be the number one factor in winning or losing arena matches.
  • Immunities: [Divine Shield] or [Ice Block] - these are also important that you use them at the right moment.
  • Snares: [Hamstring], [Shiv] - like interrupts, these are the abilities which could easily define the skill level of a player.
  • Boosts: like immunities yet different - [Nature's Swiftness], [Death Coil], [Intimidating Shout], [Blind].
  • Trinket: According to me its the most important PvP item, and should definitely have a spot on your keyboard.

Keyboard layout:

Keyboard

This image should give you some idea how to bind your keys.

  • W, S, A, D : standard keys for moving. Some might use E, S, D, F for more keys on either side to bind but in the end its up to you.
  • Tab key: by default it is used to switch to your nearest target enemy, and I don’t recommend changing it. Sometimes you just can’t click on the player on the battlefield, or if your using the Proximo addon, it sometimes stops working at that time it can come handy.
  • R: default key for replying to whispers.
  • Green keys: the most accessible keys and most easy to start with.
  • Yellow keys: less accessible but still close enough.
  • Purple keys: default keys to target party members.
  • Shift, Control, Alt (plus Command in Mac): these are the modifier keys marked with red color on the image which can be used in combination with other keys. For example, you could use “z″ for Frostbolt, and “Shift+z″ for [Fireball].

You could even bind some spells to your mouse (to your mouse wheel or if you have some extra buttons on the side). You can actually set 3 things in the Mouse wheel like:

  • Wheel Up: Pet attack.
  • Wheel Down: Pet follow.
  • Middle Click: Autorun.

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