The original request is below, but I'm generalizing this to allow any IDE scope--standard or configured--to be used when performing metadata operation such as deploy, retrieve, refresh, or delete.
=== Original request ===
When I want to deploy a subset of the files I have changed, I need to select them one by one in the Project view and deploy them from there (usually I add them to a favourites list from there, so I don't have to select them all over again in case the deploy fails). However, these Subsets are usually already combined in a changelist in version control for me. I just can't deploy from this changelist.
So it would be great if metadata could be deployed right from the version control (Right-click on one or more files in one or more changelists, selecting the Illuminated Cloud-sub-menu -> Deploy All Metadata...).
In other words, a deployment (or retrieval, etc.) should be able to use the Version Control selection for context just like it can use the Project selection.