The 7.2 panel focused on the next big raid tier story-driven release. This means we get changes to advance our class hall and artifact weapon progression.
Of most importance, 7.2 is when flying will return.
They are introducing epic class mounts.
But wait, druids don’t use mounts to fly, silly. We use flight form. We already got our class mount in Burning Crusade, epic quest and all! So what will druids get? We get an updated flight form owl!
My husband also uploaded a video of the druid class flight form for people who don’t have access to the livestream to see it fly in all its glory.
So, this is obviously more balance druid themed. It’s a giant owl, with a moon on its head and purple sparkly feathers. We know that mages and priests will at least have color variants for the mounts to make sure the mount fits their specialization’s fantasy. We don’t know what will happen with the druid shapeshift forms. It’s one thing to recolor mounts. It’s a whole other issue to make whole new character models. However, we see their willingness to make new feral & guardian model skins in the other big announcement.
New artifact weapon improvements
Since 7.2 will come out after we’ve all mostly finished leveling up our artifact weapon, to keep these rewards relevant, we will have new traits, more ranks of existing traits, and upgraded relics.
To go along with continued trait and relic progression, we also get new artifact skins. We will have to work to unlock these skins in 7.2, but they’ll all be worth working for, since we can solo content to unlock them that doesn’t rely on having to do group content. This also means a new cat & bear form skin. The new bear form has a whole new unique model, which is pretty amazing. Resto and balance get weapon skins and not shapeshift character models, as usual. The resto staff is pretty awesome. The balance one makes me feel kindof underwhelmed in comparison to the 3 other specs, but I’m pretty sure balance druids will mostly be too busy flying around in our new owl flight form to care. Are you sure we can’t just fight in our owl form? Or maybe get the snowy moonkin form color variation that showed up in the beta datamining? Oh wait, this is supposed to be a happy “YAY DRUIDS!” post. I just can’t help myself. It’s possible that the animations that go along with the balance weapon will be the spectacular part of the weapon that we just can’t see from a still image. It looks like there are lots of sparkles that I’ll love watching fly around in the air. Either way, the new cat & bear forms are pretty spectacular.
For world of warcraft, the future is looking really great, and druids will be flying and running around Azeroth in style.
Besides, once we can fly, we’ll be blasting off into Spaaaace in future content after 7.2 where we get to go visit Argus in future content.