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12.08.2012 , 01:02 AM | #3
I'm not at my computer, so I can't load up a sentinel and give you specific advice on your abilities, but because you're still relatively new to MMO's, you hopefully don't have any bad habits that you can't unlearn.

Most of your combat abilities will fit on your 2 bottom bars (quickbar 1 and 2). There are a few that won't fit, most of which I just don't use. 24 moves is alot to keep track of whether you have access to them or not. I generally don't use anything that gives me a little extra damage but can only be used on an incapacitated opponent. I also generally don't use super high cost moves that hit several opponents for light damage. I'd rather just focus them down. I do use area of effect moves that do alot of damage and have an activation cooldown, however. Buffs and stances go on a side bar. All my travel abilities go on a side bar. I have a side bar just for all my legacy heroic moment abilities (I love to use them and I have alot of unlocks from playing alts). I also have some convenience abilities (field mail box and field vendor droid) on side bars. There are a few rarely used, but important abilities (the escape from CC move that every class has - I don't pvp) that go on my side bars and I keep track of where they are so I can click them with my mouse if I need them.

In MMO's, being able to move around and select different targets at the same time as you activate your abilities is very important. Even more so for a melee damage class like sentinels. If you're trying to use your mouse to do all 3 of those things, you won't be able to do them simultaneously, which will make you less effective.

There's a keybind menu in your advanced options and you can keybind all your quickslot buttons to keyboard keys.

Try not to use your mouse to move under most circumstances. There are times when holding down both mouse buttons to run forward in an emergency isn't a terrible thing to do, but once you get better and better, you should be able to get away with never even doing that. If that is your primary method of moving forward now, best to stop doing that so your mouse is available to click on enemies.

Try not to use your mouse to activate abilities as much as you can. This keybind setup took me several weeks to learn, but I stole it from another forum poster in a different MMO (Age of Conan) and it has elevated my game tremendously. Most MMO players use wasd for movement, but the beauty of moving that to csdf is that it opens up a whole line of your keyboard for use by pinky. Also, when you type in chat, your left fingers naturally rests on asdf, and this keybind puts your fingers on those keys naturally with no need for shifting your whole hand every time you want to type:

forward: d
strafe left: s
strafe right: f
backward: c
turn left/right: hold down your left mouse button and use the mouse to point your character.
look left/right: hold down your right mouse button and use the moust to point your camera (note: generally only do this while standing still).

companion slot 1: 1 (note: this is always the attack command. It sends your companion to attack your selected target. It's a useful ability to make sure your companion is focused on the guy you want him focused on instead of doing his own thing)
companion slot 2: 2 (note: this is always the follow command. It stops your companion from attacking and makes him run to you. It's an extremely useful command that gets your healer to run quickly to you. It toggles on and off, so you can run around a corner with it toggled on, then toggle it off for a few seconds while your healer heals you, and then displace again if needed to buy yourself time for heals in a long tough fight with corners available to you.)
companion slots 3-12: '3' - '=' (I generally just toggle on what I want him to use and off what I don't and never push these buttons).

quickbar 1 slot 1: w
quickbar 1 slot 2: e
quickbar 1 slot 3: r
quickbar 1 slot 4: t
quickbar 1 slot 5: y
quickbar 1 slot 6: g
quickbar 1 slot 7: h
quickbar 1 slot 8: v
quickbar 1 slot 9: x
quickbar 1 slot 10: z
quickbar 1 slot 11: a
quickbar 1 slot 12: q

quickbar 2 slot 1: shift + w
quickbar 2 slot 2: shift + e
quickbar 2 slot 3: shift + r
quickbar 2 slot 4: shift + t
quickbar 2 slot 5: shift + y
quickbar 2 slot 6: shift + g
quickbar 2 slot 7: shift + h
quickbar 2 slot 8: shift + v
quickbar 2 slot 9: shift + x
quickbar 2 slot 10: shift + z
quickbar 2 slot 11: shift + a
quickbar 2 slot 12: shift + q

A final note: Getting used to using keybinds for all your moves is very hard. You have to commit to it and practice and accept that you will be a worse player for a little while as you force yourself to do something that is very uncomfortable. Once you get used to it, it won't be uncomfortable any more and you'll be a much more effective player. A great keybind set and the ability to use it is probably the single most important tool you can have in terms of skill. Mine is not standard and it might not work for you. I stole it from a great player who I had alot of respect for and I love it, but feel free to modify it or even throw it out. The general advice to find a keybind set that works for you and make yourself use it is solid advice.