I know that when a lot of healers ask about “how” you heal, frequently the response that comes back is “get grid and clique” or “get VuDho”, or something very similar in nature. However, what you don’t see a whole lot of information about is exactly what you can do with an addon like Clique, or how different healers might set up their healing binds.
I thought it might be worthwhile to take a few minutes to go over how I have my bindings set up, so that those that have never bound actions to their mouse before, or even those that have and are looking for some new binds, might be able to get some suggestions on what can be done.
As I go through these, please keep in mind that not all bindings will feel cohesive for everyone. Additionally, keep in mind that the only way to get used to a new binding is to play with it. Don’t expect to change a binding and be 100% comfortable with it straight away! Give it at least a week to see if your motor reflexes get used to a new setting before tossing it in the trash. In the end, everyone will use what works for them, and that is perfectly fine!
Before we talk about how I set everything up, let’s talk about my mouse of choice. I have always been a huge fan of Logitech’s gaming line, and more specifically their “G” series. My current mouse of choice is the G500 Laser Mouse. This is a 5 button mouse, with a scroll wheel. However, there are several other features that really draw me to the mouse.
First and foremost, you can weight the mouse. That is to say that the mouse comes with a tray in which you can add weights to, until the mouse is as heavy, or as light, as you like. For me, I really prefer to feel the mouse in my hand. I absolutely cannot stand a mouse where I can barely feel that I am moving it around, as such I weight my mouse very heavy, utilizing most of the weights that come with it. However, you can adjust the weight until you find one that suits your tastes.
Some of the other perks of the mouse that I really enjoy are:
A braided, no tangle cord.
The option to have your mouse wheel click, or spin seamlessly without the click.
A speed adjustment on the mouse, for how quickly it reacts and reads, that is very easy to adjust.
A coarse, sweat resistant, grip that prevents your hand from sliding around if your palms get sweaty during extended play.
I am sure that this will not be the mouse for everyone, and others will have their “favorites”, however I have been using an iteration of this particular mouse for five years now, and every time I try something else, I hate it and end up digging out an old one/buying a new one. I think it’s safe to say that this is, in fact, my “favorite”. That being said, just because this is my favorite, doesn’t mean that it will suit everyone. You will need to find a mouse that feels good in your hand, and fits your tastes.
Now that we have gone over my mouse, let’s talk about my key bindings, shall we?
I bind 100% of my heals to my mouse. I also have several other spells and/or trinkets bound to my mouse that I make use of with some frequency. I utilize a number of modifiers to my spells, but I think that they are pretty straight forward. I also have a number of keybinds that I utilize with some frequency as well, that I will discuss after my mouse binds.
Since I have 4 healers that I enjoy playing, I tend to keep as much similarity to my binds as possible, so that I don’t confuse myself switching between characters (i.e. Flash Heal/Flash of Light/Lesser Healing Wave/Regrowth are all bound to the same button). Another thing to keep in mind when looking at my bindings is that I’ve been using mouse bindings to heal since Vanilla WoW and a mod called “Cast Party” was the go to binding mod – long before Clique had even been created! Some of my bindings were set before we had such a diverse toolset, and I took my original binds and expanded around those, so what you see me using may seem awkward to you.
I use a lot of modifiers, which is not problematic for me, but may be for others. Some of my success with being able to use some of my modifiers is that I have large, flexible hands which make modifiers like “alt” work fine for me. Some of these binds may be more difficult if you have smaller hands. Additionally, my hands/brain are easily trained to work together. I largely attribute this to my classical music background – and the hours I used to spend in a practice room working through scales and arpeggios. To that point, I attribute my high twitch reflexes to my music background as well…but I suspect that is an entirely different post for another day!
While these binds work very well for me, they may not work well for you. You should absolutely play around with your bindings until they feel comfortable to you.
Below are the binds that I use for Beru:
Please note that when I am referring to “button 4″, I am talking about the thumb button that is closest to the back end of the mouse. When I am referring to “button 5″, I am talking about the thumb button that is closest to the front of the mouse. Logitech added a “sixth” button in the form of a third thumb button to this edition of the mouse, but I find this button awkward in my hand and do not bind to it at this time.
|Healing Touch||Button 4|
|Wild Growth||Button 5|
With Shift Modifiers
With Control Modifiers
|Remove Corruption||Ctrl-Button 4|
|Use Tyrande’s Doll*||Ctrl-Button 5|
* I run a custom macro for using Tyrande’s Doll in Clique. The macro is as follows:
/use Tyrande’s Favorite Doll
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear(); UIErrorsFrame:Show()
With Alt Modifiers
|Nature’s Grasp||Alt-Button 5|
Some of my abilities and actions I do not have bound to my mouse, but have bound to certain keys on my keyboard. This is due to a number of factors, but the biggest factor in it is the frequency in which I utilize the abilities in a given encounter, and I determined that they were not worth taking up a mouse bind.
|Use Mana Potion||Ctrl-1|
|Use Concentration Potion||Ctrl-2|
|Use Rejuvenation Potion||Crtl-3|
There are also a few abilities that I do not have
Tranquility – I have made any number of attempts to bind this ability since it because useful, however I have frequently a)forgotten what it was bound to in an emergency; b)utilized the spell as the result of a “misclick” on the binding. Neither result is good. I remain uncertain as where this spell will end up bound for me.
Tree of Life – Since this has become an “on use” option I have not played around with binding it. However, I am likely to replace my Thorns binding with ToL simply because I’m just not casting thorns with great frequency and it could be moved to a less prominent binding.
What binds do you favor? As I said above, no two people will have identical binds. Do you have certain bind that you favor that you think might be helpful to those who are looking to set up mouse binds? How about keybinds?
I hope that this was helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions!