A quick bit of history for those who didn’t play Bloodline Champions: back then, the key for casting EX abilities was actually Ctrl rather than Shift. Indeed, Shift was actually the default bind for the selfcast mechanic — by holding it down, all abilities would cast as if your cursor was on yourself.
In Battlerite, Stunlock decided to switch the two keys around. Since EX abilities are a more important mechanic than selfcasting, it makes more sense to dedicate the easier-to-press key for that. And honestly, I don’t fault them for doing that. Shift for EX turned out well for newbies, I think.
If you mainly play healers, you may want to consider switching those keys back to the way it was in Bloodline Champions: selfcast on Shift. Since you can always cast EXes using the special hotkeys, you can dedicate the easier-to-press Shift key to selfcasting without hindering yourself at all. (But if you like Shift for EXes and don’t mind using Ctrl for selfcast, go for it!)
Either way, here’s why selfcasting can be so useful:
- It’s more accurate for target-based abilities. When not using selfcast, I’ve been in many situations where my teammate is close to me (or even right on top of me) and I tried to Other Side or Barrier myself but ended up using it on them instead. The selfcast key guarantees that it’ll cast on you.
- It’s faster and easier to alternate attacks and heals. If you’re Poloma against Pearl and she places Jaws under you, the precious time it takes to bring your cursor back to yourself so you can cast Other Side might be the difference between getting out of it or not. With selfcast, it’s near instantaneous.
- Plus, constantly moving your cursor from yourself (to heal) to the enemy (to attack) and back again can really mess with your aim, especially because of camera smoothness — when you move the cursor, the camera has a bit of lag in catching up, which can slightly throw off your aim.
- It improves your overall map vision. Selfcasting allows you to look around with your cursor while casting abilities on yourself. This means you can keep tabs on your teammate or watch what the enemy is doing while self-healing. If map awareness is a weakness of yours, this may help with that a lot.
And if you’re clever enough, you may be able to figure out a few champion-specific tricks, such as splitting Pearl’s M2 — since she throws three splashes per heal, you can split the splashes to hit both your teammate and yourself by selfcasting in the middle of it. Good luck trying to do that just by flicking your cursor over to yourself!
Non-healers can benefit, too. It’s great for champions like Iva and Varesh, who can use it to throw shields on themselves while staying aggressive. It can even be useful for someone like Ashka, who may need to put a Flamestrike under himself to fend off melee tunnelers.
Learn it. Love it. Let it become second nature.
Do you use selfcast? If so, which key do you have it bound on? Let me know whether you think it’s worth learning or if you think the benefits are marginal.