My first character in GW2 was Necromancer and I quickly realised that Staff was just not going to work for me. While I could ground target (GT) with my mouse and move with WASD OK I wasn't really able to fire off that many skills. That was OK in a "stand at the back" zerg but not really much fun. Of course I got pretty adept at swapping my right hand to the mouse for the occasional GT skill and back to the numpad but I didn't have the level of control I wanted. I had to look down too much to see what I was pressing. That might be why I gravitated to Clott's Daggermancer build, I just kept my hands in the same place and killed in a green glowing frenzy. Of course he still suggests the staff for WvW.
When I started my Engineer the grenade kit was completely out. At the time I also believed that the bomb kit used GT skills so I never even unlocked that. I only unlocked grenades because they were so great underwater (which turned out to be a bug). I soon realised if I wanted to get the most out of my classes, and if I ever wanted to play a Mesmer, I'd have to buy a multi-button mouse.
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Never one to rush into a purchase I spent about 3 months deliberating. Since this coincided with my New Year Living World break it's not as bad as it sounds but when I came back I was determined to be a better Engineer. And to play more WvW. That was where I was having my biggest problems: swapping hands meant standing still, only for a second, but that's usually enough.
So, having had the Naga Razar on my Amazon wishlist for 4 months, through Christmas and a my birthday no less (cheapskates), I finally plumped for the G600. Didn't see that coming did you? It boiled down to reviews and price. The Razar didn't seem to offer any more for the extra money.
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The main issue I had with the mouse was that I couldn't work out where to put my thumb for a "home" position. The G13 and G16 keys are marked with tiny ridges (like f and j on a keyboard) which is really useful but I couldn't settle on the front six buttons or the back six. Ultimately I discovered the sweet spot was right in the middle, resting on both of them. The other problem I had was what you might call the "live long and prosper" issue or "pat your head/rub your belly". Basically when I clicked certain buttons with my thumb my index finger just fired off on impulse. No idea why. I think my brain was just, like, "we click with the finger, hand! Not the thumb!"
Before I bought it I also wasn't sure about the g-shift key on the G600. My old mouse was very narrow and I had a claw rather than a palm grip (it's an FPS thing apparently). That's not been a problem at all and it's actually great to have that modifier there.
How is it for GW2? Pretty awesome. I'm not going to do a full rundown of how I mapped everything but to give you an idea G12 to G17 map 1-6. I have so far resisted the urge to try and use keyboard modifiers with mouse clicks. My intention is to keep my left hand on WASD at all times. If I did use keyboard mods I wouldn't need to move my thumb from the "home" position but that kind of defeats the point of the other 6 buttons.
It's a great mouse, I'd recommend it. My next post will be about my new Engy build and how I fared on my first trip into WvW.