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Druid glyphs now on Beta

I’m going to scoop MMO-champion by posting the druid beta glyphs before they do.

You can find the full list of glyphs by clicking on this link. (the list was so long that I made a separate page on this site that I can keep updated instead of embedding them in this post).

They have been split into prime, major, & minor glyphs. Note that this list probably isn’t final.

Some Prime  highlights are: The Wrath glyph (Your wrath does 10% more damage to targets afflicted by insect swarm), and starsurge (when starsurge deals damage, it reduces the cooldown on starfall by 5 sec). Lifebloom glyph now increases it’s crit chance by 20%.

The winner for most confusing prime: Regrowth glyph (Regrowth HOT will automatically refresh it’s duration on targets at or below 25% health). I’m not even really sure what that means.

Major glyph highlights: Thorns reduces it’s cooldown by 20 sec, Roots (reduces the cast time of roots by 100%) go moonkin PvP!, and healing touch (each HT reduces the cooldown on Nature’s Swiftness by 5 sec)

So, go see the full list now. I’ve marked which ones haven’t changed with the word (unchanged), but I still kept a brief description of the effect so you could remember what it does now.

Also, regarding the new glyph system: there are 3 prime, 3 major, and 3 minor glyph slots total at max level. The UI looks like this:

Also, it was brought to my attention that bears actually don’t have prime glyphs for tanking (with only 2 prime glyphs even being useable in bear form, 1 of which is mangle’s DPS increase glyph). They obviously need to add in more glyphs in some places, so this is really just a first pass at them.

Posted in Cataclysm, Druid - General, Feral Bear tanking, Feral DPS Cat, Moonkin Balance DPS, Restoration Healing Trees

Cata druid leveling: 1 to 20 is more fun

So, I wanted to take a break from my regularly scheduled crying about how frustrating high level healing is on Beta (especially with the 84 & 85 quests not itemized) to talk about something much more exciting – druid leveling from 1 to 20!

So, now we have 4 different races to choose from when leveling a new druid, which gives us 4 starter zones: Night Elf & Worgen for the Alliance, and Tauren & Troll for the Horde. Trolls even have a new level 1 to 5 starter experience that I tried out a couple times and have had a lot of fun with.

The new talent trees are actually better for people who are new to the game and starting out leveling, since it will be harder to make the wrong decision (like going and putting 10 points in each talent tree at the start), as there should be fewer bad talent traps for people to fall in.

The biggest improvement for druids, however, is the level at which we get early abilities in the 1 to 20 level range.

Leveling 1 to 20 as feral in Cataclysm:

  • You still have to caster level from 1 to 8, which shouldn’t be that bad, given the staring area questing improvements and having pretty much unlimited mana.
  • At level 8, you get: Cat form, claw, Rake, & Ferocious Bite.
  • At level 10, you get mangle
  • At level 15, you get: bear form, maul, growl, & demo roar (engough tanking abilities to start tanking).

Leveling 1 t0 20 as balance:

  • From 1 to 8, you pick up: wrath, moonfire, thorns, roots & starfire.
  • At level 10, you get Starsurge from the talent tree.
  • At level 20, you get insect swarm.

So, both feral & balance druids have enough spells & abilities to level fairly quickly up to 20 and beyond!

For feral, getting cat form at level 8 is a HUGE quality of life improvement, and you still get bear form at the level where the random dungeon system opens up and you can start tanking. I have had a lot of fun leveling a lowbie troll kitty druid up to the mid/late 30’s just because cat form has been so much fun for leveling through all the new & improved quest zones.

Balance druid leveling hasn’t been changed that much, with the biggest improvement for leveling coming from having starsurge as our level 10 balance spell. The knockdown effect helps with survivability, since it reduces the damage you take. As a cooldown ability, starsurge has higher burst damage and will help to break up rotations so that they feel less spammy. They also gave us starfire earlier. In addition, insect swarm is trainable now, rather than a talent, which means you actually get Insect Swarm earlier now than you used to, as well.

They seem to be front-loading a lot of our damage abilities so that we have access to more buttons sooner for feral & balance. An earlier cat form means that feral druids can now actually be feral druids sooner, and overall the changes to leveling design will make druids actually fun to level from 1 to 20, rather than the first 20 levels being what you wanted to get past so that the fun could start.

So, at the very least, I’m excited to start my new worgen druid when Cataclysm comes out in a few months. I’ve even avoided doing alliance leveling quests from level 15 to 60, so that I could have some fun surprises in store for me when I started on my leveling adventure. This is the one thing I am really excited about.

Posted in Cataclysm, Druid - General, Feral Bear tanking, Feral DPS Cat, Leveling, Moonkin Balance DPS

Should the Moonkin Repository “branch out?”

So, the Moonkin Repository is a forum designed for moonkin to post on (as the name implies), and moonkin of all types (pvp, pve, experts, novices, newbies, alts) come to the forums to discuss, well, anything related to being a moonkin! If you are a moonkin and haven’t been to the moonkin repository, you should check it out!

Recently (as in late last night, or early this morning) I got suckered recruited into being a moderator on the Moonkin Repository’s forums, to help out with keeping things running smoothly. (The position comes with a free can of troll repellent, or so I hear).

In addition to adding me as a moderator, there are other changes up for discussion related to TMR. The most exciting of which (that impacts a lot of my readers) is the possibility of expanding into having a restoration druid & feral druid forum, in addition to the currently existing moonkin one. These new forums (after some discussion) will likely be separate forums that are all cross-linked together (so, you would have something like: the moonkin repository, the resto repository, and the feral repository – or whatever the name of each forum would be).

There is one discussion going on in the WoW druid forums. There is also additional information in the original post on TMR, as well as more recent updates about conclusions made from the feedback they received. Please go and express your opinions on the idea (either positive or negative feedback is welcome). You can also give your opinion on what the new forums should be named.

Also, if the resto & feral forums DO go live, we’re going to need the support of other resto & feral druids to help with increasing publicity, generally posting there and being helpful, and potentially even volunteers to help moderate those forums.

If it’s something you think we should do and something you think you would visit, please let me know. I know one person expressed concern about the resto forums possibly stepping on the toes of other forums like the Plus Heal forums, however I haven’t seen a big resto druid presence on the plus heal forums in a while.

It’s going to take some time to get a resto & feral forum up and running, but I will make sure to post updates here as things develop.

So, what do you guys think? Are the new forums a good idea? bad idea? Is a new feral & resto forum something that you would use, or think the community needs?

Posted in Druid - General, Feral Bear tanking, Feral DPS Cat, Moonkin Balance DPS, Restoration Healing Trees

Interviews with Conspiracy Feral Druids!

So, my guild (Conspiracy on Elune) has a ton of druids. So, I thought it would be a fun blog project to interview them & then post the results of the interviews here on my blog to share with all of you! So, over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at some of their favorite (and least favorite) aspects of the druid class and the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, now that Wrath is soon(tm) coming to a close!

I’m going to take a couple posts to do this, so today we’ll start with two feral (kitty) druids: Tympanic (one of our officers, who went more casual recently due to RL reasons), and Roarinn (one of our new druid recruits who does great DPS in raids for us). I have a pair of resto druid answers ready to go for either later this week or some time next week.

1. What is your druid character’s name?

  • Tympanic

2. What is your druid’s main spec?

  • Feral Kitty, with Feral Bear off-spec

3. How long have you been playing WoW?

  • Started in Sept. ’06. Tymp was the first toon I started, and has been my main ever since. Unfortunately, I didn’t hit 60 until shortly after BC dropped, so I didn’t get to experience classic raids.

4. What has been your favorite part of the game in WotLK?

  • I genuinely love the Northrend 5-man dungeons. I like that they were a challenge when we were all leveling to 80, and that I can now do them quickly if I have a little time to spare.

5. What has been your least favorite part of the game in WotLK?

  • I think the Argent Tournament probably fits here, though it’s bittersweet for me. I like that it made it easy for me to finish my Alliance reps, but it is way to grindy. Secondly, the dungeon and raid are just boring. The whole thing just doesn’t seem to fit, either progression- or lore-wise.

6. What do you like most about the druid class & your spec?

  • Flight Form!!! Actually, I just absolutely love the whole shapeshifting thing in general. As for my spec, I like that cat is a big challenge to play well, but that I can dump out the damage if I do it right.

7. What do you like least about the druid class & your spec?

  • Part of what I liked least was removed when they redesigned cat and bear forms. As we all know, Blizz still needs to improve boomkin and tree. In addition, I don’t like that there is no visual advancement to my character in the form I take 95% of the time. It’s the same cat that I have stared at since level 20. I’d love to see either some armor or have the animal become more tough-looking somehow.

8. If you could change one thing about the game, what would it be?

  • Aside from what I mentioned in the previous question, I honestly don’t think there is anything that I would directly change that isn’t already changing. IMO, Blizz does a great job of continuously improving every aspect of the game (even with the occasional misstep). Cataclysm will be such a big change that it can almost be thought of as a full-on sequel to the original game. Welcome to WoW 2!

9. What raid instance from WotLK was your favorite? What was the best part of the instance?

  • I haven’t set foot in ICC. Aside from that, Ulduar tops the list. I enjoyed being challenged and ultimately succeeding in there. It truly felt epic.

10. What is your favorite instance of all time (either raid or 5-man)?

  • It is between Ulduar (for the reasons stated above) and Karazhan. Kara was my first real raid, and was tough for Conspiracy when we were first formed. It was also personally tough for this noob tank. As we progressed into 25-mans, I still enjoyed taking a night each week to plow through Kara for badges. Those runs were fast-paced and a ton of fun.

1. What is your character’s name?

  • Roarinn

2. What is your main spec?

  • Feral dps

3. How long have you been playing WoW?

  • I’ve been playing since late BC era as a holy priest.  I swapped to my cat mid-ToC for raid composition reasons and never looked back.

4. What has been your favorite part of the game in WotLK?

  • This isn’t really specific to LK as much as it is when I entered the game.  This has been my first real shot at becoming a raider.  I only raided a little in BC – Kara and Mag’s.  This has been a whole new world and one that I thoroughly enjoy.

5. What has been your least favorite part of the game in WotLK?

  • Vehicle combat, egads.  I cringe at both Oculus and ToC5, not because they are terribly difficult, but because I  don’t enjoy having all my buttons swapped out.  Well, that’s not always the case.  I do enjoy FL in Uld, but that’s because I can be in a vehicle that requires cooperation with someone else.  It’s different, I swear!

6. What do you like most about the druid class & your spec?

  • I love the flexibility of druids.  Beyond this, instant-cast flight form you can do gathering crafts in and stealth are both huge selling points for me.
  • Cat: I love the fluid feel of cat dps.  I love how it rewards you for good decisions and scolds for the bad ones.  I love how it feels frenetic while requiring patient planning.  And the kitty feral charge – who doesn’t love flying cats?!

7. What do you like least about the druid class & your spec?

  • To get the full picture of a druid, you have to see them in different shifts and even in caster form.  Each shift has a tiny subset of the whole.  I wish that each shift had a more fleshed out feel to them.
  • Cats: Much has been said on the lack of an easy interrupt, but I also dislike how swipe works for cats.  The range requirement is so short, and invariably my auto-target will grab something too far away.  I spent time clicking around on a wiggling pack of mobs to find one I can swipe on, only to find the pack half-dead by the time I succeed.  My aoe dps winds up being an all or nothing affair.  Either I do really well on that pack, or look for the world like I was asleep at the keyboard.

8. If you could change one thing about the game, what would it be?

  • Make all the trinkets that disguise you as something else into shirts instead!  Really, I’d love to do the ape bubble while having my dps trinkets working, too!

9. What instance from WotLK was your favorite? What was the best part of the instance?

  • My favorite instance is definitely UK.  I sometimes go there to solo the regular version and unwind after a long night of raids.  My favorite fight, though, has got to be Epoch in CoS.  It gives such a feel time fluctuating around you.  Very cool stuff.

10. What is your favorite instance of all time?

  • Uldaman.  I have fond memories of spending hours upon hours in there with friends that I can’t help but smile every time I return.  It also has so many hidden features that there’s a mysterious aspect to it.  Kara might be a close second.  I’m still not sure I’ve seen it all!
Posted in Druid - General, Feral DPS Cat

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