Moving Forward

First off, I want to say thank you to all the people who commented on my most recent post. I honestly was hovering over the “publish” button for a long time because I wasn’t sure how the community would react. I was touched by a lot of the comments and it was interesting to learn that I’m not the only one out there that feels the same way in those situations. I thank you all for that.

Moving forward, many of you know that I was flip-flopping between my Druid and Priest for Patch 4.3. The new expansion was really gonna set the tone for what I wanted from my main healer and I came to a decision:

I think a huge part of this decision was the difference between the Priest community and the Druid community. That’s not to say the Priest community isn’t good, it’s just that I feel quite a bit of love from the Druid community, more-so than I have ever felt from fellow Priests. I’ve never been part of a community that is so tight-knit before and willing to help each other out with posts/theories or just plain fun. Every single one of the Druid bloggers/players/theory-crafters I have spoken/chatted with have treated me with nothing but the most respect and kindness that I have experienced with this game, and I can’t turn my back on that.

So, from here on out I’ll be focusing much more on Druid topics. Priests may appear here-and-there, but the main focus of my posts will be about Druids. I hope you all enjoy my future posts from here on. Thanks for your patronage and support!

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Buffs and Nerfs: I’m on a rollercoaster

The topic has been hot for the past week, especially among the Twitter community. There are quite a few opinions and a lot of good ideas that have been thrown around. I just want to briefly touch base on why the Druid community is concerned with these changes and what my opinion is on the matter. Continue reading

Class Feedback- Restoration Druids

What type of content do you focus on? [PvE/PvP/Both]

PvE

If PvE, what type of PvE? [Heroics/Raids/Other]

Normal-mode Raids

If PvP, what type of PvP? [Arenas, BGs, Rated BGs]

N/A

What are your biggest quality-of-life issues? For instance, no longer requiring ammo could be considered a quality-of-life improvement for hunters.

There really isn’t anything that makes me think “Damn, I wish X was like Y because it would make Z so much easier.” My issue is one of a visual nature. Treeform should be optional for Resto Druids, visually of course. I like the idea of Treeform being a throughput cooldown, but I think many of us would like the option of getting our perma-treant back for visual purposes through either a minor glyph or something else. Maybe call our current Treeform CD “Ancient Treeform” or “Improved Treeform.”

What makes playing your class more fun?

I love the new Druid Mastery. Harmony has made being a Druid extremely fun and it encourages us to use both Direct Healing spells and HoTs. We also have effective CD’s and AoE abilities. All of our spells get some type of use.

What makes playing your class less fun?

Sometimes I wish we didn’t have such a long ramp-up time with some of our spells. Lifebloom takes at LEAST 5 seconds to gain maximum effectiveness. This is after you stack it 3 times and then cast a Direct Heal to trigger Harmony. I’d like to see a glyph or talent that lets Resto Druids cast 3 stacks of Lifebloom per single cast to reduce ramp-up time, especially when a fight requires tank swapping.

How do you feel about your “rotation”? (Rotation is the accepted order in which abilities are used to maximum efficiency.)

Overall, I’m quite satisfied with the Resto Druid-way of healing. Harmony encourages us to use both HoTs and Direct Heals for maximum effectiveness.

What’s on your wish list for your class?

  • A Lifebloom stack change. One that makes the ramp-up time a bit quicker.
  • A change to the Living Seed talent. It’s current design is lackluster and isn’t worth the 3 talent points for most healing Druids since it’s effective healing is so low. I like the idea and I think the Devs wanted it to be a “buffer” when tank healing, but it’s just not very effective.
  • A reduction in lackluster optional talents and an increase in more meaningful ones. The Resto tree is bloated. Many of the talents are core and a lot are optional. But the optional ones are all mediocre.

What spells do you use the least?

Healing Touch- I only use this spell on Baleroc. Regrowth is more efficient for CoC procs with the Nature’s Bounty talent.

Fun with Search Engine Terms Challenge

Anyone who has a blog usually has access to a “Site Stats” page which gives you a run-down of information such as referrals, link clicks, and search engine terms that refer your site. I recently went through my search engine terms and thought that if these are things people want to know then why not answer them? Not all of the terms pertain to what I blog about, but I figure I can at least steer people in the right direction.

The Challenge: Pick your top 10 search engine terms and do your best to answer them or at least steer your readers in the right direction via a link or some other means. If information just hasn’t been released on the topic, it’s perfectly fine to lets your readers know that the information hasn’t been released yet. Continue reading