Hello Ability Powered Gamers! Boy do I have exciting news from Azeroth! We have a new targeting macro that can literally change the game for many of us who are disabled in Azeroth. I know, I know, you are asking “but Short, how?” Let me show you!
What Are The Commands?
I am going to cut straight to the good stuff in case you just need the codes then I will go into a little more detail about what they do.
/cast [@player] spell name
Example: /cast [@player] Power Word: Barrier
Target Mouse Pointer
/cast [@cursor] spell name
Example: /cast [@cursor] Power Word: Barrier
What Do They Do and Why It Matters
For a few years now I have heard from disabled gamers about a problem they’ve had in Azeroth. Spells with an Area of Effect targeting system that required you to click the spell then click the ground where you want the spell to be cast. For mouse only users it has been an issue with speed. The time it takes some of us to click on a spell, move our mouse to where we needed it, then apply it could be problematic. Especially if the user had accuracy problems. For keyboard only users it was even worse. The inability to use the mouse made some spells unusable. This hurt their performance and led to enough frustration that some actually quit. Now there’s a solution.
These macros now remove the need to target areas of the screen. Instead, the spell can be cast instantly with 2 results. First, you can choose to target yourself with the spell. With this macro, the spell will target in a circle around you. Just run to where you want the spell to hit, hit your button or keybind, profit. This works with healing and damage spells.
The other conditional is helpful to a little smaller audience of disabled gamers. It lets you immediately cast the spell you have macro’d to your cursors current location. This can be helpful if you are a keyboard only gamer by prepositioning your mouse pointer an inch or two in front of your character and just leave it there while you play. This is not optimal, I understand, but it’s a start.
How They Could Improve
Adding a few more conditionals could be a complete game changer for disabled gamers in Azeroth. Things like @focus, @target, @assist could actually make our use of these spells on par with players who can easily use mouse and keyboard together. While controlling the target with a prepositioned cursor or with the current location of our character helps, I feel like it will still make players relying on these methods a little behind players who do not.
While these changes could be improved, they are still huge for Ability Powered Gamers! By using your position wisely, you can now control your targeted area of effect spells without being REQUIRED to move your mouse or use precious time with unnecessary movement or clicking. But don’t take my word for it! Get out there and try out the new macros today! Let us know if they have helped you.