It is very very important that you learn how to keybind efficiently and use your mouse to turn. Keyboard turning(Using A and D or Q and E to turn) is very inefficient and ineffective. It is much more effective to use your keyboard to bind all your spells than it is to use your mouse to click them. I’m sure some of you may find it difficult at first to adjust from clicking or keyboard turning but once you get used to it, you’ll see just how much quicker it is. Most FPS gamers find it natural to turn using the keyboard, and strafe with the movement keys. It’s almost impossible to kite, jump shot, accurately use disengage to do a full 180(I call this the hunter charge) if you use your keyboard to turn, and mouse to click your abilities. Do yourself a favor and unbind your “S” key. There’s no place for backpeddling on the battlefield!
Initially when I started I clicked as because the action bar’s were unbinded and the main action bar only went from 1 to =, and I thought that was the only way to play. I quickly figured out how to keybind and over time found what was comfortable to use. I’ll post my keybindings so you’ll have a bit of an idea of what it’s like to have EVERYTHING keybinded.
Main Action Bar:(Have a second action page I access by holding shift and using the scroll wheel down. It just has mounts and unused aspects/res pet)
1 – Steady/Cobra Shot
2 – Arcane/Explosive Shot
3 – Multishot (Almost never use)
4 – Aimed Shot/Intimidation
5 – Chimera Shot
Shift+Tab – Cobra Shot(For when I’m MM and want to use Cobra instead of Steady. Reason being Cobra hits a fair bit harder, so I’ll use Steady Shot twice to get the 15% casting speed buff, and then use a few Cobra Shots.)
Ctrl+Tab – Aspect Of The Fox
Ctrl+Space – Deterrence
Shift+ Space – Disengage
Bottom Left Action Bar:
F1 – Wing Clip
F2 – Concussive Shot
F3 – Scatter Shot
F4 – Kill Shot
Ctrl+C – Mend Pet
Ctrl+Q – Aspect Of The Hawk
Ctrl+E – Rapid Fire
Ctrl+R – Cannibalism
Shift+C – Camouflage
Shift+Q – Scare Beast
Shift+E – Will Of The Forsaken
Shift+R – Hunter’s Mark
Bottom Right Action Bar:
Ctrl+F1 – Aspect Of The Cheetah
Ctrl+F2 – Trap Launcher
Ctrl+F3 – Explosive Trap
Shift+F1 – Tranquilizing Shot
Shift+F2 – PvP Trinket
Shift+F3 – Flare
Shift+F4 – Bandage
Shift+1 – Feign Death
Shift+2 – Freezing Trap
Shift+3 – Silencing Shot
Shift+4 – Ice Trap
Right Action Bar:
Q – Glove Enchant
R – Kill Command
E – Snake Trap
C – Master’s Call
S – Call Pet
Ctrl+S – Rocket Boots
Shift+S – Dismiss Pet
Z – Consumables(Healthstones/Food)
Ctrl+Mouse Button 4 – Focus Scatter Shot
Ctrl+Mouse Button 5 – Focus Silencing Shot
Ctrl+Scroll Wheel Up – Master’s Call on Mouseover
Ctrl+Scroll Wheel Down – Roar of Sacrifice on Mouseover
Mouse Button 4 – Focus Target
Mouse Button 5 – Autorun
Pet Binds –
Ctrl+1 – Attack
Ctrl+2 – Follow
Ctrl+3 – Move To
Ctrl+4 – Web/Special Pet Ability 1
Ctrl+5 – Bullheaded/Special Pet Ability 2
Now don’t worry about binding absolutely EVERYTHING. Just focus on what you know needs to be accessible quicker. I have boundall my abilities to be close to where my movement keys are, so I don’t have to reach all the way to P, for an example, to cast a trap etc. Don’t try to copy my binds, they work me because they’re mine and I’m used to them, and they probably will seem very foreign to you. Rather, create your own. Use the Shift/Alt/Ctrl modifiers. use Q/E/R/C/X/Z. You’ve got plenty of keys to choose from, be creative. Make it yours.
I actually use a lot of macros. Not all of them were created by me, so I’m not going to take credit for any of them, but I’ll share what I think are the most important ones.
List of Macros:
#showtooltip# Wing Clip
/cast Wing Clip
/cancelaura Hand of Protection
What this macro does is cancels any immunity that you may have on you, so you can start attacking again. I find it useful to bind with Wing Clip, instead of having to use another keybind for it.
#showtooltip Eagle Eye
/use !Eagle Eye
This one is just a fun macro. It allows you to use Eagle eye just like a Shaman’s Far Sight ability.
Now what the ! does before flare, is keeps the targetting circle toggled on, even if you mash the button a few times, so you don’t lose the targetting reticle. The following macros do essentially the same thing.
/cast !Aspect of the Fox
/cast !Aspect of the Hawk
Now I don’t use one of these for AotCheetah. Reason being I want to cancel it, when I hit the button again.
#showtooltip Roar of sacrifice
/cast [target=mouseover,help,exists][help][target=player] Roar of sacrifice
What this macro does, is cast RoS on the portrait or friendly you currently have your mouseover. If you have no mouseover target, then it will use RoS on you.
/cast feign death
#showtooltip# Silencing Shot
/cast Silencing Shot
The /stopcasting in these macros ensure that you will silence your target instantly, or instantly feign, even if you are in the middle of casting steady/aimed shot.
/cast [target=focus] Scatter shot
/cast [target=focus] Silencing Shot
/cast [target=focus] Wyvern Sting
These macros will use the ability on your Focus target instead of your normal target.
Personally, I don’t run with very many addons at all. I used to use TukUI and various compilations with extravagant unit frames and all sorts of different addons for bars and sound. I find the default UI is sufficient for my needs with just a few addons that I’ll list below.
– LoseControl – Helps you to see CC better. It will place an icon in the middle of the screen of the CC that is currently affecting you and a timer on how long it’ll last. Also has icons/timers for party frames, and target/focus frames. A must have.
– Gladius – Arena unit frames with DR timers adjacent to the frames that allow you to see how long you have left on your DR’s. Also has a lot of call out options, for example “Tap is drinking!” “Tap has used trinket!” “Tap is ressing!” etc. Also has a Trinket tracker, so you can see whether your opponents have used their PvP trinket or not. Heavily recommended.
– OmniCC – This addon put a timer on your targets debuffs and on your cooldowns, allowing you to see more specifically how long you have left on a Scatter Shot cooldown, or how much time you have left on serpent sting etc. Absolute must have addon.