So, there is actually a lot to cover with the twitter Blizzchat that is relevant to druids (mostly resto & balance, tho).
Q: How will haste affect channeled spells. Will it be similar to DoTs and HoTs?
A: They will channel faster but their duration will remain unchanged. You will get more ticks on the same cast.
Right now, when you cast a channeled spell, haste will make the duration shorter (ie. my hurricane ticks for 8.5 seconds instead of 10). However, this change would make my hurricane last for 10 seconds, and just have more ticks. It’s interesting to see that they’re confirming this change, since it will effect tranquility as well as hurricane for us. More ticks for the same amount of mana is definitely good for hurricane. With tranquility, you can always cancel the channeling early if you need to stop and cast other spells part way through.
Q: Will relics and wands be getting any new attention in Cataclysm?
A: With relics, the plan is to make them class agnostic. In other words, there might be a +strength relic that a death knight or paladin might want to equip. We think that will let us add more of them to the game without them being so specialized.
This design change is something I’ve been asking about for a LONG time. Sometimes, it takes the developers years to catch onto something that multiple players & theorycrafters have said from the start, lol. This is the one thing that I’ve wanted for so long that I’m really, really happy to see that they have finally decided that the relic system wasn’t working right, and that they needed to make it just regular stats that could be used cross-class. I’m sure some people disagree with me, but I expect this to be a quality of life change that makes gearing more straightforward. They should have done this before WotLK when they consolidated everything else. This is going to be a good change for druids, because our idols will become a more interesting (rather than frustrating) part of gearing. This change is going to be good. Not being able to get an idol off the 1st boss in shadow labs was one of the reasons why I switched my main to a shaman half way through Burning Crusade. WotLK’s badge-for-idol design was really just boring and silly. This way, I could even pick up a +int idol that would work for both moonkin & resto. This has a lot of potential to be a quality of life improvement for us.
Q. Why are Restoration druids the only spec in the game not receiving a new spell?
A. Restoration druids are actually getting a fair bit. For one, Tree of Life is getting a whole new model (think Ancients of War) and will also “morph” some of your spells to do crazy things while in the form, such as cause Regrowth to be instant, or Lifebloom to apply two applications at once. Tranquility will be raid-wide. We’re also touching nearly every Restoration druid spell to make sure each has a niche and feels good. In general, playing a Restoration druid should feel a lot different (better!) in Cataclysm than it does today.
When the druid class preview came out, pretty much all the feedback focused on the negative aspects (even what I posted about here). What I want to highlight here is that there is some potential for really good things to happen to resto druids in Cata, and we really should give the developers a chance to show us how much more fun the future of resto druids can be.
Q. What change are you most excited about?
A. Some of the new Balance talents for druids, like Solar Beam, which works like Freya’s spell where it instantly silences a target and they have to move out of the beam to get rid of the debuff.
Talents are something that we haven’t seen yet, and solar beam wasn’t something they talked about in our class preview. They have various fun toys & tricks they haven’t shown us yet. This is a reminder that they haven’t shown us everything cool that is coming in Cata yet. The class talent trees are changing, and without seeing what those talent trees look like, we’re missing an aweful lot of the picture. I can’t wait to see what the new moonkin & resto talent trees look like! Also… OMG a cool silence ability! Overall, they never tell us too much new stuff in the class previews. However, I’m really excited about some of the new changes we have seen so far, and I can’t wait to see what other new fun & cool toys we’re going to get!