Hey guys, I played a little back in the day and now I’m just getting back into DE. I’m trying to get as good as I can at this game, so I want to be mindful some things that I feel are very important.
- Legacy vs. Default Hotkeys:
Ofc, as a returning player I’m more comfortable with the legacy hotkeys. However, I saw the potential in the default ones due to its consistency among units/buildings. So, I gave the default hotkeys a try. Aside from playing slowly (very) while getting used to them, I didn’t like them so much because they didn’t allow me to set other hotkeys to any of the letters on the left hand side of the keyboard. I understand I could just assign a new key over the default, but that would essentially break the system of what the default hotkeys are. In addition, I noticed that a lot of the hotkey combinations that I’d often use together were far away from each other. For example, I like my “select TC” hotkey to be right next my “build villager” hotkey. I play a lot of brits so my “select barracks” key I like to be next to “build musk”.
That’s my experience. What are your thoughts? What do most people do? What do pros do? What’s the consensus?
- I understand I can use a hotkey to “find” a building, which would select the building and bring my screen right to it. Or, I can “select” a building, which would do only that, but not move my screen. I’ve mostly been using the “select” method while manually clicking around the mini map or scrolling in order to move my view.
Again, is this what higher level players recommend? What are your guys’ thoughts on this?
I want to set my barracks hotkey to a letter rather than a number. Is there a way to do this?
Although the “default” hotkey setup (as opposed to legacy) didn’t feel so good to me, the one thing I liked was that it had hotkeys for things that I had never set a hotkey to before, Such as crackshot or melee mode for the Euro explorer. I couldn’t find a way to set these hotkeys under the Legacy hotkey system. Am I missing something?
I think that’s it for now, I really appreciate the time you spend reading and considering these points. I’m about to start playing this game regularly (I’ve played about 20 games total but plan to start playing about 3-5 games a day) and really hope to practice good hotkey habits that don’t hold me back when striving to be a better player.