We met a mage doing rank 8 of Brawlers guild the other day who was having trouble with Hexos as she was a clicker and was having to use keybindings for the first time. It made us really curious about the rest of the world. As far as we understand it, these little beauties are a bit controversial. To bind, or to click, that is the question here.
These are considered the elite of the two. Refined and calm, binders meticulously create macros and optimally place their abilities on many different keys, ergonomically utilising space available.
The underdog. Uses a mouse to choose their abilities. Regularly mocked and teased, these people are definitely brave to state their clicker status.
As for us? Well…
You all know I originally started in Vanilla, gave up the game as I couldn’t complete a quest, then did some reading and came back. Unfortunately, at this time, I was a clicker. I didn’t know or understand key bindings. My epiphany came when watching a PvP video and I decided to give it a go, and haven’t looked back since.
Each bind is different for each character as I put the abilities I use most often nearest to me (QEFR) with less useful slightly further away (12345) and then cooldowns on ALT+1-6 on my mouse. On my old gaming keyboard, I also used E123 for mounts, but with my new mouse, I now use ALT+11/12 for those.
I must admit to not using many macros. Being a serial altoholic means I don’t spend too much time on each character to warrant it, although if I raided regularly, it would probably be something I looked into closely. I rarel, if ever, click. Binder fo’sho!
We would put a pic here, but at time of writing it’s maintenance (on a Thursday, whut?) so you don’t get one. Instead you can have this picture:
I couldn’t be more different. Mr B taught me how to use key bindings right from the start (I couldn’t have the embarrassment of her being a clicker, could I?!!) but I don’t actually use that many. Interestingly, on every alt, my keybindings are in the same place.
For example: for my main abilities, I use QEF with R for a speed boost (on most alts)/death grip (because I’m lazy)/frostbomb (only on main for a nukey AoE CD) or healing shield (on all healers). I have G on my druid for cat form. I use the ` key, next to 1 for bear form on mine. I use 123 for dots and shields/blocks, with 4 and 5 for abilities I don’t need but think I should use (spellsteal/counterspell on my main for example). Although… I generally click these as my fingers aren’t comfortable stretching that far. Wherever possible (on alts usually), I try to keep a space between each set. Bloody weird, if you ask me.
The rest? I click.
ALL my cooldowns I put on a top bar, right at the end together. Next, towards the middle, generally, are defensive CDs, extra speed boosts, CC abilities etc. Over to the far right, self buffs, pets and things I don’t need that often (I put Timewarp here as I was clicking it accidentally a lot!). On a side bar, to the right, I put profession stuff, res buttons, fishing, portals etc etc it’s a dumping ground for stuff I need when in the world, but don’t want on my main bars.
Mounts are on 0 but I have a shortcut on my side mouse button now I have a proper gaming mouse. I’ve also recently acquired a gaming keyboard from Mr B, which has E buttons under the spacebar that I want to use. Not sure what for yet…
Macros? I use a couple on my main – mainly for frostbolt not casting unless I’m targeting a hostile mob and a random mount macro. That’s it though!
I think this makes me a definite Binker… a mixture of clicking and binding!
We are really interested in your own setup – so, are YOU a binder, a clicker or a binker?