Filed under: Analysis, How To | Tags: Advice, Heroic Strike, How To, Key Bindings
I make a lot of jokes about Warrior tanks crippling themselves trying to max out their Heroic Strike usage. In the parlance, I refer to the ravages of carpal tunnel as “The Claw” (pronounced like ‘da crah!’), that feeling after raid like you cannot move your hand because your fingers hurt from jamming that Heroic Strike key for 4 hours.
I can’t help but feel I’ve been a little flippant about this whole thing. So to make it up to everyone, I’m going to give you all a brief primer on setting up the best temporary solution to give your left hand a break: Bind your Heroic Strike Key to the Mousewheel.
To review briefly how important Heroic Strike is, let me point you to this old post on Tanking Tips. Veneretio does a much better job summarizing it than I could. The context is this: there’s pretty much no reason to not be maxing out your Heroic Strike usage, but doing so can have consequences for the health of your digits. If you’re not feeling the burn, you’re probably not Heroic Strike-ing enough. Eventually, you will want to know how to get some relief. This is the best way I know how.
If you are using the Base UI
If you are using the Base UI, you need to get to the Key Bindings menu. To do this, pull up the options screen by hitting the “Esc” key and then click on the Key Bindings button. There will be a lot of potential commands available. You want the section that looks like this:
If you’ve never messed around in here before, these will all be set to their defaults. No great problem there, save that your hand is hurting and you need an alternative. For me (and I think a great majority of Warrior Tanks) my Heroic Strike is Action Bar 2, which as you can see from the above is linked to the by default “2” key on your keyboard. Easy to reach and all of that. But now it must change.
If you click on the the button listed under “Key 1″ (which on the above is currently reading “2”), the very next thing you press is going to become bound to that function. This is the point at which you should start scrolling with your mousewheel. You can also do similarly with the “Key 2″ listing and scroll your mousewheel the other way. That’s keeping your bases covered.
It’s worth noting that this disables using the mousewheel to zoom your camera. You may wish to fix that by binding those functions to other keys. I use Shift+Mousewheel for such things.
If you use Dominos
…I don’t use the Base UI, however. I use Dominos. If you are like me, the operation is different.
The first step is accessing the options menu for Dominos. The easiest way to do that is to just type /dom. You should see this:
You want to click the “Enter Binding Mode” button. Once you have done so, the options menu will disappear and you will see your nice Dominos UI highlighted with its current key bindings. Bring your mouse over to your heroic strike key and scroll the mousewheel in the direction you’re going to use (NB: You need to do it using the base UI if you want to do it for both directions).
There, easy enough.
I will say a few things about doing this, just based on my personal experience. The first is that your Heroic Strike to white hit ratio is going to drop, particularly if your mousewheel isn’t that sensitive (or you are a Mac user with a Mighty Mouse). You will obviously want to let the interested parties who are accustomed to your awesome TPS know what you’re up to.
Secondly, if you press down on your mousewheel too hard, and “click” it, you’re not going to get heroic strike activation. This seems like common sense, but you would be amazed at how often it happens in the heat of the moment. Use a light touch.
Lastly, this is only a temporary measure. You can just as easily give yourself carpal tunnel using the mousewheel as you can using the keyboard.
Just always remember, dear readers, like Dead DPS doesn’t do damage, crippled tanks can’t tank. Take care of yourself out there.
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