Now, on a normal keyboard, this requires you to tilt the board so that the thumb can reach the modifiers, and at the same time the keyboard hand is on the opposite side of the keyboard that it's used to. This can certainly be overcome with time and training, as indeed everyone who currently uses TheCore probably has. However, what if you could hit all the Ctrl, Shift, and Alt keys with your thumb, while your fingers rested comfortably on the home row where they're used to sitting?
For instance, say you had this board. It's a custom board designed by the user community at geekhack (where some of you might have even gotten those custom sc2 keycaps a while back), and it's designed to be ergonomic for people who type all day and all night. However, I feel like it is particularly applicable to sc2's case, specifically when used with TheCore.
Of course, it uses Cherry MX switches of your choosing for those who are already hooked on mechanical boards. As well, it supports totally programmable firmware, complete with layering such that you can achieve laptop-like Fn keys to do things such as converting your number row to an F-key row, your WASD to bona fide arrow keys, or your right hand home row to a num pad, onboard media keys, etc. Lay it out however you like!
The board, called the ErgoDox, was conceived in a thread on geekhack about a year ago, in which it was successfully designed and completed to prototype. Recently, however, the designs were brought to Massdrop, which is a company focused on orchestrating bulk purchases in order to achieve price breaks for buyers, and Massdrop is now running a buy for the ErgoDox. The buy has already achieved the top price break, and still has about a week remaining, if you wish to buy one for yourself. Massdrop is orchestrating the purchase of the printed circuit board, the switches, the electronics, and the machined case material, however assembly is left to the customer.
Also, one thing to note is that Massdrop is constrained to have a registration wall, for the same type of reason that Amazon can't show you some of their prices until you add items to your cart. They're not as big as Amazon though so they can't push the wall that far back. It's worth stating this up front though because a lot of people apparently find this off-putting.
So anyway, if you know anything about soldering, you're willing to learn, or you know someone who's good with an iron, I highly recommend taking a look at this board! They have very detailed assembly instructions, too, if you decide you want to give it a try.
As a disclaimer, I neither work for Massdrop, nor for any part of Geekhack, and I have no interest, financial or otherwise, in selling this board. Also, I mainly lurk here, and don't post a ton, so I need to politely ask the mods not to ban me for advertising (which I don't think I'm doing, but I'm not totally sure). I legitimately think this board is worth a look in the community.
Thanks for reading!