As much as I still have nightmares of the pre-BC furor bugs every time they tried to change the talent, I really think that Darria on the Tanking forums has a good point. The bear side of furor: “Gives you 20/40/60/80/100% chance to gain 10 Rage when you shapeshift into Bear and Dire Bear Form”.
Now that most bears are only putting 3 points into Furor (so they can afford the 2 points for Improved Mark of the Wild, that means bears are running around with a 60% chance to gain 10 rage. This is even a setup that I started to recommend for my leveling builds, although it really worried me that there is such a high % chance to NOT gain 10 rage.
In PvE, this means that bears are just shifting a couple times until it procs, which is an annoying way to deal with the mechanic, but likely one that is actually preferable to investing a full 5 points in Furor. For PvP, I’m pretty sure it’s much more likely to ruin a poor feral druid’s day…
So, how about taking Darria’s suggestion and changing Furor to be: “100% chance to gain 2/4/6/8/10 rage when shifting into bear”? This is something I can stand behind. It stays the same talent point cost, but it isn’t random.
Feral charge – bear is 5 rage. This is most likely what you would need the rage of Furor for. With 3 points in Furor, this would give you 6 rage – just enough to charge, but not enough to do anything else. And, that’s fine with me.
Another possible solution would be to shrink the entire talent down to 3 points, and then to move down Natural/master shapeshifter, but I think that’s a little bit too dramatic of a move for the developers to do outside of a major talent overhaul (OR, they could move down Improved Barkskin to the lower part of the tree, to make it available to all druids… but this would put feral druids in a position of having MORE talents to pick up, so that may be a bad idea in the long run)…
So, it’s possible that just taking away the random element of furor for bear form’s furor would solve a lot of the problems with that talent right now. What do you guys think?