So, one of the driving forces behind the current feral leveling spec at the lowest levels is to pick up feral swiftness around level 20 to get around faster when you have cat form. However, at level 20, you are already going to have your travel form and a regular mount. There’s also no motivation to rush and get furor for feral charge really early on, since feral charge is now a lot higher up in the tree. The leveling up from 1 to 20 is also the hardest part of being a druid, so trying to minimize that pain has to be a priority, too.
If you are using your travel form and shifting back and forth between bear/cat and your travel form, then having Furor may be more worthwhile.
One of the debates I go back and forth about (and have probably posted about before) is asking when to go into the restoration tree for furor/naturalist/OOC. If you went for furor early, you’d probably be skipping improved MOTW (since it has small returns at the lowest levels).
It’s something lavata & I disagree about. He usually pushes for getting the early resto talents as soon as possible (and then respecing for mangle at 50), whereas I’ve started being of the opinion that just pushing straight through feral to 50 then pick up the resto talents is probably better overall.
The feral leveling spec page has the highest readership on this blog on a daily basis, aside from the front page with new articles, so I want to make sure I’m giving the best advice to all my new druids. I’m just far enough removed from actually leveling a baby druid that I’m not entirely sure what the best & fastest strategy will be in 3.2.
I may just leave the feral section mostly as-is for 3.2, with the only real change being that we should be dropping primal tenacity from the builds based on the mana cost change, and shifting those points into natural shapeshifter, for something closer to the second build I had in the guide.
What do you guys think should be changed to adapt feral leveling for 3.2? Do the mount/travel form changes even matter for determining the best leveling spec in 3.2?