Hi. I’m Currant, of druidtank.blogspot.com obscurity. Like this site, it’s a Druid-focused blog. It was originally intended to serve as a way for me to get to my guildmates what I knew and what I needed them to know about Druid tanks. It was a way for me to put up something and point to it and go, “That’s what I mean when I say I have X issue, or when I talk about why I value Y over Z.”
See, playing a particular Druid spec is a lot like playing a different class. Those of you that play Druids know exactly what I’m talking about, but for those that don’t, there’ll be a quiz later*.
Thing is, it’s really niche and was never really intended for truly public consumption (insert comment here about the internet being the most public place in the universe), but the readership it was intended for was abysmally small. Color me shocked when I realized just how many people were stopping in. Still, I didn’t post regularly, and I seriously doubt any regular readership developed, least of all within my own guild.
Fast-forward to now. Phaelia, a real life friend and guildmate, approached me about writing my tidbits for her site, to add a feral contributor to a primarily Resto site. Given the readership she has, it stands to reason that more than just Resto Druids swing by. As Druids are nothing if not a diverse bunch, we both felt this would be an outstanding method of dealing with my intermittent posting behavior and with some of the issues she touches on that are more accurately feral issues.
Rest assured, there will be no site name-change or a derailment of Resto4Life’s focus. I’ll be doing Ursine-Interest stories, tales from the Feral side so to speak. Phae’s site will still be Phae’s site and I’m just a sanctioned interloper.
So let me finish introducing myself:
You already know my name, and you have most likely surmised that I play a Druid tank. If you’ve read my previous stuff, you know a bit more than that, but those are the most salient points. I’ve been Feral and trying to tank since I realized I could and it’s been a largely uphill battle, though now things are much brighter than they’ve ever been.
We still have our issues, but they’re hardly constrained to Ferals.
Take for instance, shapeshifting. It’s not just for Ferals anymore. Now Balance and Resto have their own shapeshifted forms: the much lauded and oft-lamented orbital rawr-poultry, and the happy dancing shrub of shiny green numbers.
Now, Feral can’t be what it is without shapeshifting. At all. All of our capacity comes from being in the right gear for the right form and knowing ahead of time what that’ll be. Switching to Bear to offtank things in raids ends in tragedy more often than not when I’m in Cat gear, and it would have ended even faster were I standing around watching my little white ponytail fly stylishly while I cast. So we spend the vast majority of our actual playtime looking at either a ferocious little Cat or a gigantic furry behind. I’m a tank. It’s the behind for me.
So because I actually like the look of my character, I’ve never truly written off speccing resto. After all, unlike Moonkin (I’m assuming here), Bears, and Cats, there are viable healing specs that don’t ‘require’ the tree. I’m even trying to keep up on my healing gear to ease the facilitation of this change when it comes.
Like Phae though, I’m as vain as I am practical and I want my gear to look good. After all, in the immortal words of…Rache Bartmoss?… “It doesn’t matter how well you do something, as long as you look good doing it.” We both agree that healing Druids are ‘hawt.’ Unless, of course, they’re wearing Zul Aman gear. Then…not so much.
We even had an IM conversation on the topic.
[11:40] Phaelia: unless they wear ZA gear
[11:41] Phaelia: then … not so hawt
[11:41] Currant: hahaha
[11:41] Currant: I have green boots now.
[11:41] Phaelia: i read that as “green boobs”
[11:42] Phaelia: and was going to suggest you change your tunic
[11:42] Currant: HAHAHA
[11:42] Currant: My healing shirt gives me green boobs.
[11:42] Phaelia: you have the one from ZA?
[11:42] Phaelia: omg so ugly
[11:42] Currant: yeah
[11:42] Phaelia: i wear my CE tunic over it
[11:42] Currant: hahaha
[11:43] Currant: I put it on once and went, “huh.” Then configured Itemrack and put my bear crap back on.
I imagine that if I actually look at my resto gear I’ll look like a clown masquerading as an elf.
We seem to be doomed to this oddity of appearance, though the NPCs don’t seem restricted to it. I’ve never seen him fight, but I don’t imagine that Staghelm turns into a laser chicken to defend his tree in Darnassus. In fact, I dislike the Moonkin form the most of all the Druid forms. I dislike it enough that I will not spec Balance because I wouldn’t take Moonkin…and that’d diminish my capability pretty badly.
Staghelm is proof that Balance Druids should be naked, or at least shirtless. It makes them more fearsome: “I just got pwnt by a shirtless elf! I suck!” /angst
Balance should have a really cool form like the Sisters of Celebrus or the Sons of Cenarius at the very least. I might drop Feral right then and there. The rumored Arch-Druid thing should address this. I mean, I know why they picked the Moonkin; anyone who’s done that escort in Winterspring understands the choice, but… it remains a speedbump on my fast track to ‘phenomenal cosmic power.’
Like I said, I’m Feral and for now and I’m doomed to watch a giant fuzzy brown behind when I do what I do. Once I can cobble together a set that won’t scare off Buttons or Bozo, maybe I’ll give Resto another shot. Until then, I’ll be here making silly observations, getting smashed in the face for fun and profit, and generally commenting on the state and style of the Feral in Warcraft.
Thanks for having me and I’ll see you around!
*Much later, as in not in this post. =P
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