Well, it’s happened, and the haters are out in force yet again. Their comments range from the triumphant to the deranged and to a thread are spiteful and petty. It’s a common activity any time a class gets a nerf but seems especially popular when it happens to one of the three auxiliary healing classes: the Druid, Paladin, or Shaman. It could be my predilection for playing these (I have two of the three aforementioned classes at 70, after all) that makes it all so apparent to my mind, but no matter the objective truth of it, the trend bothers me especially when the nerfs in question are so… well, you’ll see.
So what really is going on?
According to the patch notes, Druid PvP set bonuses are changing (the salient point is that the sets are all losing speed bonuses except Feral which will retain them on Cat and Bear/Dire Bear only, losing the bonus in Travel Form). Along with the drinking change, this is widely seen by many in the community as the nerf Druids need so that they are no longer the best healer in the 2v2 Arena. It diminishes their speed (remember that it’s just the Resto-specced Druids that are so amazing in 2v2), and drinking seems to have taken a hit.
As I was writing this, however, things took a sharp left turn, and now the Druid speed nerf for Ferals has been reversed. The bonus for Restos was also made more palatable, but I’m leaving that discussion in the hands of the inimitable Phae Phae to discuss.
Here’s the funniest part: we were slated to lose the speed boost in Travel Form where we have +40% movement speed. Cat Form — talented, but I’ve yet to see a Feral that doesn’t take the talent — innately has +30% movement speed. With this change, our combat form would have been faster than our Travel Form (assuming the bonus is additive).
Granted, many Druids use Travel Form as a cheap (mana-wise, not as in, “What a cheap move!”) method of shedding certain movement-impairing effects. As such, this set change could be seen as a nerf initially and, in objective light, it’s just that. Overall, it would have forced Feral Druids in battlegrounds and possibly elsewhere to use their combat form as their running form should they be sporting this set bonus. After all, we get Dash in Cat Form too, but not in Travel Form.
So the change was announced that Travel Form for the Feral set would indeed keep its run speed bonus and, true to form, the agitators are at it again. Now the complaints are that Druid “QQ” has gotten Blizzard to reverse the change with no thought at all to the initial outside “QQ” that likely got the alteration put in in the first place. Never mind that Restos have still lost the speed boost; we wouldn’t want to clutter things up with facts.
So thus far things are no different in PvP for Ferals than they were before. Moonkin seem to have gotten a buff from their set, and Restos… well, it’s definitely a nerf, but I can’t really comment on the utility of -0.2 second cast for Regrowth. Does it make up for it or is it a booby prize? Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, if you can stomach it, check out the Druid forums for hours of endless entertainment.
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