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#12119693 Mar 01, 2016 at 12:26 AM · Edited 2 years ago
Master
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I decided to start this thread to help fellow guild members with simplifying their rotation while also increase their boss mechanic awareness.

In some cases you might already have peripherals with the functionality to bind keys / buttons to programmable macros. If you don't, I will provide you with an equivalent alternative later in this post.

A common thread we've seen between the DPS rotations for different Advanced Classes is a priority system accompanied with specific triggered or specific damage over time abilities. Eliminating the attention put on following the priority system allows one's focus to shift on minimizing delaying triggered or damage over time abilities while increasing boss mechanic awareness.

The best way to maintain a priority system is with a simple programmable macro!

Creating a keystroke macro following successive key presses will accomplish this. Each keystroke is mapped to a keybind with a priority ability. Typically we would use Action Bar 1 and arrange each of priority abilities from highest to lowest. The keystroke macro will then press keys 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0,-,= in rapid succession. This will guarantee that your highest available priority ability will be casted off cool down and increase your actions per minute (APM).


Let us demonstrate this with a in-game example! I'll use my Gunnery Commando who has very straightforward priority rotation along with triggered abilities.


- Priority Abilities
1. Supercharged Cell (Casting it every time off cooldown)
2. Demo Rounds
3. Electro Net
4. Vortex Bolt
5. Grav Round
6. Hammer Shot
7. Diversion (Lowers threat every time off cooldown)
8. Tech Override (Makes the next Grav Round instant)
9. Reserve Powercell (Cast it every time off cooldown)

- Triggered Abilities
Q. Boltstorm (proccing Curtain of Fire)
E. High Impact Bolt (5 stacks)

With the setup above and using the keystroke macro you would be continually pressing your assigned macro button taking care of all your high priority abilities and ensuring all cooldowns are being used until either Boltstorm or High Impact Bolt starts glowing.

Work in Progress
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#12120877 Mar 01, 2016 at 09:07 AM
Council Members
82 Posts
Just so that people know in general, this link is BW/EA's stance on macros in general (so there's no grey area in what is or isn't potentially ban-worthy to them). I will copy-paste the relevant information:

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=485220&page=5


Originally Posted by Beruthien - Customer Service Representative
Greetings everyone,

When talking about anything macro related we would like to provide the following guidelines:

  • No automation
  • No delays or looped commands in macros
  • It is okay to bind a macro that performs abilities after each other as long as it still requires the user to press the button on the physical keyboard each time a new action is performed

These rules apply regardless of which peripheral you are using.

Hope this clears it up a bit, but if you have further questions regarding the topic please get back to us!


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That said, I haven't seen anyone banned that I know of for using looped commands (heard of the companion gift-giving macro? Me, too, LOL).
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#12500680 Jun 28, 2016 at 06:24 PM
Guild Master
70 Posts
#12120877 T'enelia wrote:

Just so that people know in general, this link is BW/EA's stance on macros in general (so there's no grey area in what is or isn't potentially ban-worthy to them). I will copy-paste the relevant information:

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=485220&page=5


Originally Posted by Beruthien - Customer Service Representative
Greetings everyone,

When talking about anything macro related we would like to provide the following guidelines:

  • No automation
  • No delays or looped commands in macros
  • It is okay to bind a macro that performs abilities after each other as long as it still requires the user to press the button on the physical keyboard each time a new action is performed

These rules apply regardless of which peripheral you are using.

Hope this clears it up a bit, but if you have further questions regarding the topic please get back to us!


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That said, I haven't seen anyone banned that I know of for using looped commands (heard of the companion gift-giving macro? Me, too, LOL).


Banning someone for macro gifting their companions would be wrong. I'm not getting carpal tunnel in the name of companion influence.
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#12681337 Sep 04, 2016 at 03:28 PM
Knight
13 Posts
what about charged bolts? also this doesn't seem to account for cooldowns
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