|The server restart was going slower than Blizzard anticipated...|
Yesterday was something of a revelation.
Firstly I need to thank again all the people who took the time to reply to my post: I am very grateful to all of you, especially to the Guildies who wrote such kind stuff. The fact remains however, I am a Cavewoman in gaming terms. Its been like this for a long time, and the more things go on the harder it becomes to change, but it needs to be done. I must venture out of the cave, and yesterday I took my first tentative steps into the sunlight.
|12 buttons, no waiting!|
The first order of business, after extensive thought and consultation with my husband (who knows me better than anybody) was to find a way to move all my main abilities into one place. There is now a bar, just below my feet on screen: I realised fairly fast that twelve buttons weren't going to be enough and that I needed a way to combine abilities together. This is, of course, where macros come in. I am sophisticated enough to already possess a macro for using Spirit Mend on myself and a way to activate my pet's Mastery ability simultaneously with Rapid Fire. This is clearly not optimal, but we're working on it. There was the opportunity to put Intimidation and Bestial Wrath on one macro, plus Stampede and Readiness on another (again, not optimal but it's a start) and with that, I had sufficient to begin with. This bar isn't yet keybound, and for a good reason.
I normally use the arrow keys for movement, but on prompting from my husband I have decided to move over to WSAD for basic movement and the mouse for strafing, which I normally can't cope with. I was getting confident enough late in the day yesterday to use my left thumb for the space bar and even be able to tab target and move simultaneously, but I am well aware there is a long way to go. My ultimate plan will be to keybind everything, but for now the speed increase I have from having this bar closer to my character is enough to make a noticeable difference on heroic bosses. I need to walk before I can run, after all. There's a new Post It note on my screen too: NO ARROW KEYS!
I ran a ton of heroics yesterday, all with Guildies (thank you guys) so I could get used to the system: an added benefit I can't talk as much as I normally do because I'm far too busy concentrating on making sure I don't stuff everything up. The real test however is when I'm on my own and grinding/doing rep: whether this makes stuff die faster and I don't expire frequently in the process. That will really be the indicator as to whether I've grasped the new playstyle or not. I even managed an upgrade (450 bracers to 463) so all in all, what started as a fairly introspective day became one of massive positivity. It was proof, if it were needed, that if you can bring yourself no only to admit you have problem but be prepared to accept help when it is given then there is always the potential for improvement.
I'll keep you updated on how things progress, but for now I think its fair to say that I'm more optimistic about my ability to play my class well than I have been for quite some time.