A lesson in buttons, How to switch specs and survive.
So I was inspired to write about my UI button layout.
Our resident 10 man Pally Tank had switched up to Ret and was having some issues with button presses. It occurred to me at that moment I could break down my button layout in my UI and maybe help some ferals out there new to either spec maybe layout their buttons better.
First, get Bartender addon.
Here is my Kitty map…
Lets start with the most important row… the bottom row is keybound to my number keys. I play with 4 fingers (pinky on 7, fingers running to the right 8, 9, 0.). I can reach over and mash – and = or 5 and 6… sometimes I stretch and reach 4. 1 I have 7 on my Naga mouse keybound to the 1 key just for Vamp biting, otherwise I never hit 1.
So lets look at my layout for the bottom row…
- Moonfire – This is for pesky horde that try to run with 100HP left after a beat down.
- Ravage – Just cause
- Maim – Valks or trash/Horde caster interrupts.
- Feral Charge (Cat) – comes in handy on lots of fights, in particular Heroic Prince ICC… a Feral game changer.
- Rake – in the rotation
- Savage Roar – in the rotation
- Shred – in the rotation
- Mangle – in the rotation… sometimes… when I am unlucky… or stuck in front
- 0 on the bar, Rip – in the rotation
- – on the bar, Prowl
- = on the bar, Dash
So I use my right hand on the mouse for movement, and my left mostly for 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 the meat of kitty DPS rotation. Lets look at bottom bar when Prowling.
So Bartender changes my buttons when I am in Prowl mode. My favorite combo is on boss opening I mash 7 for FF and quickly hit 8 for kitty charge before bartender makes the button corrections for coming out of Prowl. I have Dash, this is for PvP purposes, pounce and the usual other Prowl openers you would expect.
Ok, lets take a look at the middle row. FYI, I mouse click anything on the top 2 rows. I spend the bulk of my time from Cower over to barkskin. FF, Swipe, FB, TF, Berserk, and barkskin get used quite often. FR is right there on the far right in case I go bear and need some self heals (PVP or trash pulling). To the left of Cower you can see decurse which I use when needed on myself, then a macro labeled MIGHT… this is a fun macro for asking Pallies for might… we will leave it at that. Next is Abolish poison (PVP) and Challenging Roar (This should be Demo Roar, for PVP, I need to fix my bars.)
Finally the top row, from left to right…
- Rebirth – This gets liberal use.
- Hurricane – Just cause I can.
- Meld – Cause I like to live.
- NG – PVP
- Macro – Shift out and back into Cat (This is to break snares)
The next 5 are all healing, keeping myself or others alive in a pinch. Note that Tranquility is right above Barkskin, this is because 10/10 times you are going to Bark then Tranq. The last is the Rocket Pack for ICC Ship.
Next post I will break down my bear bars, most importantly I change very little in the top 2 bars when in bear form or spec which makes it worlds easier to find spells when I need them regardless of form or spec. Main attacks like Mangle also don’t change so 9 in any spec of feral form is mangle.
Anyway, maybe this can benefit some people… if anyone sees a way I could be doing it better let me know… though old habits are hard to break.