Breakfast Topic: Skill mastery, or lack thereof

Daniel Whitcomb
D. Whitcomb|08.18.09

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Breakfast Topic: Skill mastery, or lack thereof
Yeah, I know most of you reading are pretty elite dudes. You have your hotkeys mapped, your DPS rotations memorized, your addons loaded, and you never miss a cooldown and never let a buff drop for more than a second. But for most people, I can't help but think that we all have that one ability that just sort of gets forgotten all the time. There's just so many buttons to press and configure and it's not exactly core to basic gameplay, so you shuffle it off to a corner in your brain or the UI and forget about it.

When I play my Death Knight, Strangulate gets this honor. In PvE, I may come up against a pack of annoying spell casters, but for some reason, it never occurs to me reach out a choke a witch. It'd get them rounded up easier and increase my chances of survival, but I'm so busy keeping up my rotation I forget to fit it in. Of course, in PvP, I'm expecting to do a lot of spell interrupting, so I remember it then, which makes my blind spot in PvE all the more silly.

On my Warlock, I keep forgetting that I could avoid a lot more corpse runs while soloing if I used my Soul Stone on myself and kept a Health Stone summoned. Sure, In theory I might get a group at any moment and then have to deal with my stone being on cool down, but honestly, I'm a DPS Warlock, they're a dime a dozen, and the chance of me getting a group when I'm not actively look for it are probably slim. So there's not really an excuse not to self-soulstone. But then I forget and I curse myself as I run through the Fjords.

I'm curious to know if I'm the only one. Do you have a minor skill that you keep forgetting to use? Did you overcome skill forgetfulness? If so, how? Was it a mimetic? An addon? Pure stubbornness?
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