A couple weeks ago, Mat McCurley of WoWInsider sent out a call through Twitter for help with developing Project 5×2 where people offer the bare-bones necessities of a class or spec so that disabled WoW players (I would say everyone) can experience a better quality of life in the game. The main concept is breaking down a class or spec into 5 buttons with 1 modifier and a middle-mouse button. The point (in my view) is to strip out all of the “extra” abilities and focus on what is actually necessary for playing the game well. This may be a rotation, important CC abilities, heals, whatever. It’s all about getting the most out of a class/spec while maintaining a physically manageable set of buttons to press/click.
My Twitter frand, Cynwise, recently posted his take on Project 5×2 for warlocks and I was so impressed with his logic (#1 DoT as button 1!). I was also excited to see a class I’m not familiar with broken down to simiplified terms. I’m very much a TL;DR kind of person who gets lost amongst the rabble of EJ or even some class guides. I’m not disabled, but I am finding the entire Project 5×2 immensely helpful for picking up a new class or spec. @slowpoker has also been compiling links and 5×2 setups from around the ‘net and this listing can be found on her blog.
So I really started thinking about how would a Restoration or Balance Druid work in a Project 5×2 setup. I realized quickly that I kind of already use a 5×2 setup for my Druid. She’s main spec Restoration and off spec Balance. I use mouseover macros + raid frames to do my treealing* and a Razer Naga mouse with action bar buttons 1 through 12 keybound to the 1-12 buttons on the Naga. My hands are I’d say medium-sized, but I have trouble reaching buttons 9-12 on my mouse, so I tend to keep my important spells bound to 1-8. I also use a shift modifier for another set of 1-12 buttons, and an alt modifier for yet another set. After reading Cynwise’s post and comparing his logic to my Druid, I realized I could probably reduce the 1-8 to 5 (and move around some of my shift modifiers to make room for the remaining 3 abilities).
[Update]: Thanks to Quorniya for pointing out my derp! I totally forgot to include Healing Touch, Nourish and Innervate. Considering the amount I actually do use these spells AND the new Restoration Druid Mastery we will be getting with Patch 4.2, Healing Touch and Nourish will be even more important to have keybound.
Derptastic, indeed Liz.
Anyhoo, here’s a suggested Project 5×2 setup for Restoration and Balance Druids:
There is quite a list of clickable abilities for both specs, but most of those spells are situational in nature (damage abilities as a healer, heals as a DPS, etc) or could be provided by another class (CCs, buffs, etc).
How would you play a Resto/Balance Druid with only 5 buttons + middle mouse? Tell me in the comments, or leave a comment on @slowpoker’s page about Project 5×2!
*Tree + Healing = Treealing :3