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Cata: State of the Moonkin, build 12857

I have gotten my moonkin up to level 84 last night. I made it through Uldum, and I played around a little bit with a level 85 moonkin who had shrooms. After evaluating everything and playing around a lot, I’m ready to make some conclusions about the current build. I’ll do the same for restoration sometime soon, but I want to hit 85 before I make conclusions about resto.

Eclipse –

  • Eclipse has a new UI graphic that I previewed earlier that seems really nice.
  • Eclipse overall seems to be working okay overall. I like how it feels now on Beta compared to live. I’ve mostly gotten used to the mechanic.
  • SUGGESTION: The decay of Eclipse power is too fast when you are out of combat, making Eclipse not that useful when you are soloing and such. They should slow the decay a little bit more to make it less frustrating in shorter fights.
  • BUG: It looks like starsurge crits aren’t applying Eclipse power correctly, which may sometimes require you to cast an extra spell even when the Eclipse bar says you should be at 100 Eclipse power.

OOMKIN:

  • Right now, I run OOM super fast, and other druids have commented on it, too. Only getting mana back from Eclipse procs & from innervate doesn’t seem to be enough to sustain us, especially if we have to shift out to heal while soloing. Moonkin in instances have reported more severe mana problems compared to other classes.
  • BUG: Right now, Dreamstate is missing from the bonuses you get when choosing the tree. This is likely a bug oversight, as this seems to randomly come & go between different builds. In builds where we have a functional dreamstate, our mana problems aren’t bad.

Starsurge:

  • Starsurge hits pretty hard, and the knockdown effect is great while soloing (and PvP).
  • BUG: Starsurge got a new graphic, but the orbs that are supposed to be in your hands are instead floating around your shoulders.

Moonfire & insect swarm:

  • Moonfire & insect swarm seem a little boring as part of our normal PvE rotation, since it doesn’t really interact with any of our other spells at all. Casting them should be a DPS increase over not casting them, but you are casting them mostly just because they are a DPS increase and you don’t have to put that much thought into when to cast them overall.
  • Lunar Shower got another buff this patch, which should make moonfire worthwhile to spam while moving. I honestly would have preferred a buff to moonfire’s direct damage base rather than having to make Lunar Shower on the verge of feeling overpowered due to being a HUGE damage difference for moonfire with & without 3 stacks of it.
  • SUGGESTION: I still feel like the balance talent tree needs a talent that makes our DOTs better interact with our stand-still rotation in some better way. Since our glyphs aren’t supposed to change our rotations, but talents are, then the DOT/Direct Damage interaction should come through talents to help spice up our rotation.

AOE spells:

  • Our AOE spells got a buff this patch.
  • I’m using typhoon a lot while soloing for the knockback/slow to help reduce the damage I’m taking.
  • Hurricane & starfall feel a little more powerful than they were before, though I’m not using them much while soloing because I’m having a hard time taking on more than 2 mobs at a time while soloing in Uldum & higher level zones, since everything is hitting super hard. I’m not sure how they compare to other AOE’s, but starfall isn’t the “I win” button on Beta that it is now on live (which should be fine).

Wild Mushroom:

  • Wild mushroom is the new level 85 ability. After seeing them in action, I can tell that the 70% slow we’re getting from Fungal growth is pretty awesome.
  • Wild mushrooms have to be cast while standing still, but you can detonate on the move.
  • As of now, you can’t target the shroom to kill it, BUT you can target & kill a fungal growth.
  • They seem like a great PvP tool, but I don’t see much use for them as part of a PvE rotation, other than when we need to slow things (like the Valks on Lich King).
  • The graphic for shooms is also super underwhelming, but that may be an advantage in PvP where your opponent probably won’t even see it. It’s also possible that the graphic is a placeholder.
  • For PvP overall, shrooms with fungal growth give us a ton of control over a person: Typhoon them back, starsurge knockdown, and then fungal growth them in place so they can’t catch back up with you.
  • BUG: Mushrooms aren’t dealing their full amount of damage. They are only hitting for about 300 damage right now, even though the tooltip says they should be doing like 3,000 damage.

Talents overall:

  • Our talent tree overall feels boring and like there aren’t enough talents in the tree to choose from. The choices that we get to make don’t feel interesting from a PvE perspective.
  • SUGGESTION: I think one more talent in tier 3 of the tree (especially if it is something that makes our DOTs interact with our rotation better) would be enough to really make the talent tree feel like it has more choice, so that we won’t have to just pick up everything in the talent tree, whether it’s good or not.

Here’s a picture of 3 wild mushrooms that Direwulf cast. Yes, they are that small.

Posted in Cataclysm, Moonkin Balance DPS

New Cata Eclipse Bar pictures

So, this latest patch brought us a new Eclipse bar and some UI improvements.

The new bar looks more night & day themed, and one side glows light after you get the Eclipse proc. The graphic is really neat. Even your spells on the bar are highlighted (Lunar Eclipse has moonfire & starfire light up on your bar. Solar Eclipse has wrath & insect swarm light up).

I think it really looks good. Here’s some pictures! (click on each one to see it full size).

Posted in Cataclysm, Moonkin Balance DPS

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