TGAPGeorge – Warrior Tank
I came across a Logitech G13 post on the great blog, Tank like a girl, that inspired me to write about my own Ass-Kicking controller. For I too have a G13 and it’s made things so much better!
For a long time I used the WASD keys to move around, only using the mouse to click on stuff. Around level 40 — the first time I hit 40 — I realized this wouldn’t be good enough. I changed my controlling outlook to one more… well, controlling.
I needed two things:
- I should never HAVE to look down to see what keys I’m hitting.
- Most spells I use need to be readily at hand.
So I changed up my keybindings, used more mouse for movement, and for my Priest it worked fine. Then I leveled my Warrior and found it was vastly inadequate.
Right before Circuit City went under, I found the Saitek Cyborg Command Unit for $13 in the bargain bin. Less keys than a keyboard didn’t seem like the answer, but I was intrigued by how they were placed. Theoretically I would have all those keys right under my fingers instead of reaching across the top row. I gave it a shot and it worked so much better. Better, but it wasn’t quite good enough.
The G13 from Logitech came out and I ordered one immediately. It’s about as perfect as you can get.
The main difference between the G13 and the Cyborg was that I had to stretch my fingers a little more and be a bit more precise. So for the first week, my hand cramped a bit and I was constantly hitting the wrong keys. (Casting “Charge” instead of “Heroic Throw”… tragically HILARIOUS!) I continued undaunted because I knew that when my muscle memory caught up, it would be awesome.
Another difference was that I had to not only drastically change my keybindings, but also my keybinding thinking. You see, I could change the keybindings in-game and on the G13 map, which basically meant I could have a button do almost anything. The best configuration so far — the one I’m using — puts 1-7 in the middle row with 8-=, period, and comma. Then I used [ ] ; ‘ for 4 of the 5 buttons of the next row. The last row of three I did — from left to right — jump, shoot, and a semi-“oh shit” button. This left me free to use the two toggle buttons as shift and alt, giving me shift+1-7 and alt+1-7 for less reactive spells. Not to mention I still had shift and alt plus [ ] ; ‘ for less reactive but important spells as well. I also use the far left and right buttons on the 5-button row for tab/startattack and taunt respectively.
I just reread the previous paragraph and I see how confusing and retarded it seems, so let me break it down for you this way.
- I use the toggle to go forward, back, and strafe left and right.
- I use the mouse — holding down right button — to turn left and right.
- When I have to alt or shift something — taking my thumb off the toggle — and I need to move at the same time, I hold down the right and left mouse buttons to move and turn.
- I use the middle row as my main 1-7 spells because it’s more comfortable, giving me two rows or 14 spells as one-button actions.
- I have the two buttons on the 5-button row that are easiest to quickly hit for targeting and taunting.
- I have three “oh shit” buttons right there too.
- And there’s another 28 spells quickly accessed using shift and alt.
- I use my keyboard for map, bags, etc.
The end result is that I have just enough keys for all of my Warrior’s abilities that I will need quickly and plenty of room for the others. (I even have some blanks on my action bars!)
If you have any questions about the G13 or the Saitek Cyborg, keybindings, or whatever, let me know and I’ll help you as best I can.
One more thing. This is for Kadomi, a new owner of this fine piece of ass-kickery. I forgot to mention that I took two snippets of a paper clip and taped them horizontally on my “Tab Target” and “Taunt” buttons with some black electrical tape. This way, I’m absolutely sure I’ve got the right button when I absolutely need it!