I spend a lot of time catering to new druid players, since I’ve been maintaining a leveling guide for the last few years. With dual-specs coming out, I’ve started thinking about how to make a tanking intro to add to my leveling guide. As a preview, I’m introducing one pulling technique, that I hardly ever see anyone else do: pull a group of mobs with hurricane and then shift to bear form when they’re getting close.
It makes a lot of sense – Hurricane is a good AOE ability so it causes a pretty high amount of threat. It hits more targets than just Feral Faerie Fire alone. You gain 10 rage as you shift back into bear form, so have some rage when things get to you.
This strategy is best used for 5-man instances, with pulls where charging into the pack isn’t such a good idea. Some times, you just need a group of mobs to come to you, and your group may not be as likely to pull mobs off you if they start attacking before the mobs get to you.
The most important part of this strategy is to only let 1 or 2 ticks of your hurricane actually go through. If you aren’t in bear form before the mobs get to you, then you will have one really unhappy healer.
(for an interesting take on how to charge in and start swiping, check out Leatherbelly’s flying druid).