Ask Staff Strike: My Toolbar Layout

14 Jan

Some of you have asked me what my Toolbar Layout looks like. Well, frankly, it’s a mess! I started my Lore-Master way back on Shadows of Angmar (right before Book 13 I think) and the class has “suffered” from many revisions since then. Also, I change some skill locations depending on what I’m doing (Solo, Group or PvMP play), so some skills may change to a more comfortable position.

Anyway, here’s the latest screenshot of my toolbar:


It was changed recently to accommodate for the new skills, Frost-Lore and Staff-Sweep. There is not a lot of logic here. Some skills where place as I earned them, and some skills were moved as I was using them more or less, accordingly.

I also use the two side buttons from my mouse (I use a Razer Deathadder) for some quick skills. Those also change a lot. In group play I try and have the Share the Power skill as close as I can. In PvMP it’s the Sign of Power: Righteousness and Solo it’s usually Sign of Power: Command or Sign of Battle Wizard’s Fire.

Also, in all of my toons, I have a habit of using the “zero” key for my emergency skills. For the Lore-Master it’s the Wisdom of the Council skill.

Some skills never trade places because I have a bad case of muscle memory, so even though some skills placement may not make much sense (Blinding Flash on “4” or Leechcraft on “Ctrl+6”) I’ve gotten used to them being there and when I try to change them they don’t feel “right”.

As for pets, i’ve dragged the special pet attacks to my toolbar, so i can use them if i need to. I also dragged the Attack and Follow command, so i can send my pet in and out of combat quickly.

So I’m sorry if I don’t have many great tips for your keyboard layout. My suggestions are to just use what’s confortable to you and place some of the more important skills in places where you won’t forget them and have quick access to.

If you have any questions about the Lore-Master or LOTRO in general, don’t be shy and contact me. I will do my best to answer with tips and opinions. All my contacts are in the Contacts link.


9 Responses to “Ask Staff Strike: My Toolbar Layout”

  1. SomeName January 15, 2011 at 20:26 #

    You can save a quickslot by using the Attack command to send your pet out and back, without using the Follow command. Start by targeting the mob and send the pet to Attack. Once the mob aggros the pet, select the pet as your target. Then select Attack again, and the pet will come back to you, as it no longer has a mob to attack.

  2. Elahedor January 20, 2011 at 01:56 #

    Here is my toolbar:

  3. Nic January 28, 2011 at 17:25 #

    Hey man, I just started playing LotRO a couple weeks ago. It is my first MMO and I chose to play a LM. I’ve just read through your blog. Thanks for all the great info and keep it up. I’d especially be interested in seeing blog posts on strategies (for groups of normal, sigs, elite, etc… and of the different races. As a new LM (currently lvl 22) groups of undead are problematic.

  4. Giraffe-whale February 6, 2011 at 16:35 #

    Interesting trait setup.

    I see from your skillbar that you slot Ents despite traiting Keeper of Animals, and slot Nature-friend in addition to Eagle-friend, purely for the benefit of in-combat summoning (?). Myself I would never use Ents with KoA, as I would then focus on crowd-control and therefore not need the AoE stun, and use Noble Savage instead of Eagle-friend or Nature-friend to increase flank rate (higher crit chance and attack speed, also improving the interrupt rate of the eagle), but most for improving the pet’s ability to hold threat and take damage, which I see as the main reason to trait KoA (in a group situation, I would rather trait Ancient Master, healer+proof against all ills and use my raven, which in my book is better than the eagle even without the situational fire debuff, ranged damage debuff and shadow defence, due to it’s immense miss chance debuff (up to 25 %) and ability to interrupt (I might be wrong, but in distraction, I believe it interrupts the opponent every 4 seconds?).

    Not meant as criticism, just curious how you came to use this setup. It could be very useful against the Lieutenant, where the power from the many flanks is very crucial, and the ability to revive or change pet in the middle of combat (shit does very often happen) could save the day, and the unique ability to revive the whole group after a whipe makes you a true hero. But Ents?!

    • wickedpt February 9, 2011 at 10:48 #

      Honestly, i took that screen just after the November update and was testing the new skills. Thats why you see the “recall pet” skill on the S+1 quickslot instead of the first eagle skill.

      What i slot for traits really depend on the content. I usually go all 5 out on each of the trait-lines, depending on what content i am doing. If i go 5-Deep into Ancient Master i usually slot the eagle. If i go 5-Deep into the MoNF i usually slot Ents and if i slot 5-Deep into KoA i usually go with Noble Savage.

      Of course this all can change on some more dificult or specific settings.

      For the LT i like the incombat summuning because if loose my pet i will have another chance to bring it back and keep using flanks plus Staff-Sweep for power. Altough the last time i retraited MoNF just for the LT and it was kind of fun. 🙂

      And no, distraction does not interrupt from my tests. But i could be wrong, haven’t tested that since Update 1…

  5. Nerves February 8, 2011 at 20:25 #

    Wow, that is a mess. I can’t imagine running like that.

    I have it set up like this:

    First row: Single target DPS, then some pots off to the right
    Second row: AoE DPS, more pots on the right
    Third Row CC/Utility , pets off to the right

    1 ooc skillbar.

    I now have 2 bars that are vertical – that go next to fellowship vitals, the top half are debuffs, the bottom buffs. I’m a little OCD when it comes to skillbars.

    • wickedpt February 9, 2011 at 10:51 #

      Yep, it irks me too to have the skillbar like that, but i’m unable to change it. If i change most of the skills i keep hitting the old shortcut instead of the new one.

      Damn you, muscle memory! 🙂

  6. Synniseth February 20, 2011 at 15:30 #

    Thanks for sharing, mine isn’t very well organized, but it feels comfortable. It’s easy for me to re-arrange, but that’s because I can’t seem to train myself to use keyboard shortcuts so I’m always staring at the toolbar icons. Love your blog, found it from the LM roundtable, listen to it often, and I hope you will find time to blog more 🙂

  7. Longasc May 3, 2011 at 17:57 #

    I can’t go into detail, as my Loremaster is low level and I have a Champion and Warden at 65.

    There are two major types of toolbar layout: Some optimize for left-handed hotkey access, others are rather “clickers”.

    My most important skills are all left-sided, left-handed with CTRL, ALT and SHIFT key use. 1-6 are my most important skills, the number 7 marks the end of my finger range. 🙂
    Unlike a Loremaster Champs also profit from very rapid pattern execution, my Loremaster plays slower and more tactical as my Champ. So I notice I rather sort and arrange skills rather by category than by use on my Loremaster.

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