As I wrote in my Guide to Strafing and Keybinding, the default keybinds for every MMORPG (including GW2) do not support skillful play. If you are not clear why keybinds matter so much, go read the Guide and watch the video.
You can solve the keybinding issue with hardware, e.g. with a Razer Naga gaming mouse and a Razer Nostromo gaming keypad. That said, there is a very simple software solution: rebind the default keybinds to a setup that makes sense. I do not use a gaming mouse or keyboard, as I don’t need them. That said, if you feel you perform better with gaming hardware, great, stick with what works for you.
Here is my keybinds setup for GW2:
I have over 20 keybinds that each require a single keypress, which enables me to to fluidly circle-strafe and kite-strafe targets while activating abilities.
I use my ring and index fingers to strafe left and right respectively, which is intuitive and natural. Likewise, my middle finger is used for forward and dodge – again, that is intuitive and natural. I do not backpedal, so there is no reason for me to bind the backward key. As I’ve said many times, you should be very careful about backpedaling, especially in PVP, because it’s the slowest way to move in every major MMORPG including GW2 and it’s like putting a pinning a “target me” sign in neon letters on your chest.
As I wrote in the Guide to Strafing and Keybinding, I continue to use the mouse for character turning (right mouse button), camera turning (left mouse button), and moving forward (both mouse buttons).
- 2012/01/22: I started playing Ele a month ago and realized that I needed the profession keys (for attunements) to be more easily accessible, so I swapped the keybinds for my profession skills and utility / elite skills.