It feels like now is the time to do a total reset of hotkeys and habits while my old muscle memory for the original layout is weak.
What's the current thinking on this, for those who have made a major adjustment? I know lots of people kept them the same or just changed one or two inconvenient keys to preserve their decades of muscle memory.
I'm a Vim text editor user, so I have some ideas about things that I think are important.
1. It would be better to use a stronger finger for repetitive actions (eg: I tried 4w5w6w7w8w9w4e5e6e7e8e9e for macro keys but it's a bit too hard on the pinky). Maybe 1r2r3r4r would be better for certain things.
2. With Terran I have been thinking putting svc on p works well, like protoss does. This is mainly because if you put scan on p as well, you can kind of keep the same hotkeys for cc / scanner the whole game, and 0p9p8p is pretty easy on the hands even though you have to move your arm.
3. Generally there's no reason not to use the same grouping of hotkeys for everything, in other words marine and vulture can be the same build hotkey, tank and medic the same one...
4. It feels like there might be some value in having building units and attack moving units hotkey just kind of be offset from one another. But also if there's one muscle memory that didn't go away and feels awkward to give up it's 1a2a3a4a5a6a. But it's hard on the pinky. A more off the wall idea (compared to how I normally think) has actually been to maybe just use mouse to click the unit I want to build, and then settle my fingers over 4567 and just click between each number, which seems a lot easier. Obviously we want to macro a little while micromanaging a battle, so move the mouse back and forth could be detrimental, but I'm not sure it's that bad especially if you're not in a battle.
I'm kinda disappointed by how limited the remapping software built into remastered is, and it clearly feels like cheating to use something not in the game. Would be nice if we could remap location keys, reuse some keys or assign certain actions to multiple keys, remap number keys to letters, remap ctrl and shift to somewhere more convenient etc.
Anyway, posting this into the ether of a dead forum, but if any of you zombies have some thoughts on it I'd love to hear them. I never really thought about how I use the interface when I was a kid, I just sorta took how I played UMS maps and brought it into 1v1 and didn't think about it. But it's kind of a funny superpower of good players in the game and part of what can make people's styles so divergent since even how you choose to hotkey can affect how efficient you are at different things, and then you get used to it and it becomes your style lol. I notice when watching pros also that they hardly ever scroll their screen with the mouse at the edge of the screen, which feels like a huge time saving... But I can't figure out how they do it, even top foreigners use mouse scroll a lot. Feels like you can do everything a lot more cleanly if you don't, but often if you double tap a number to get to a group of units, if they're at all separated you end up in the middle of nowhere. Something like more reliance on the minimap and more tapping spacebar at the right moment to go to the last ping, or being diligent about location keys.
I've rambled enough...