Hey guys. As some of you might know, I've long since pushed for a keyboard configuration for people who are having trouble with the default mouse configuration. If you have a laptop, or if you don't have a mouse with many buttons, I feel like control is more fluid when you use keyboard-only mode.
However, recently I've gone back to playing a little with mouse mode, and I've become convinced that keyboard mode is just BETTER. Why? Because not only does it allow for very good control of your jumps, it also limits you in productive ways. Instead of just clicking on your target and hitting it right away, you have to line up your sights. You have to manipulate your position to aim. And you can't just run away from enemies and shoot them backwards. In my opinion, combat becomes much more interesting when you use the keyboard, because you can't just hit enemies wherever they are. Also, you need different spells to effectively hit enemies in different positions. Limitation is the key to good gameplay, and it seems to me that the limitations from using the keyboard make combat much more intense and tighter-feeling.
So my challenge to you is, if you're playing with the mouse, switch to keyboard-only mode for 30 minutes. Fight some combat in the game, then give me your opinion below. Realize that it'll limit you and initially you may be annoyed that you can't hit the enemies wherever they are, but it should also make you jump around more and think deeper about your position vis a vis the enemies'.
If you game on a desktop, my recommendation is to move with WASD and fire with the numpad keys (I think these are default assignments). You can easily access all spells this way. If you game on a laptop, I recommend moving with the arrow keys and assigning the spells to Q,W,E,A,S,D,Z,X,C for 9 slots and 1 for the last slot.
Oh, and feel free to scroll the mouse to the 9th position, where you can put platforms in 9 and boxes in 0. This will allow you to still place platforms and boxes wherever you want.