How to deselect an edge / face / vert? - Maya controls in Blender

I know, I know, using Maya controls in Blender is a warcrime to some people, but I work primarily in Maya professionally and use Blender for my own stuff because of how much faster the modeling is :smiley:

I’m having a really irritating problem right now, though. While slowly getting used to the new built-in maya controls, I noticed that there doesn’t seem to be a single way to deselect a single edge / face / vertex, and all of the input options I’ve tried changing in Blender haven’t helped.

Does anyone else use Maya controls with Blender? How do I do this simplest of actions?

Search in File / User Preferences / Input for the shortcuts for deselect