One of the long-standing complaints about the Druid class (okay, Restoration Druids) has been the use of Travel Form in Arenas. With it — and Cyclone and Entangling Roots and Feral Charge — a Restoration Druid can keep out of the reach of players who would kill us if they could get their hands on us. Over the last few months, we’ve seen more and more changes that I believe may indicate that we’re going to see all Arenas made indoors, invalidating the use of Travel Form:
- Entangling Roots will be usable indoors, so Druids won’t lose out on this essential method of crowd control against Warriors, Rogues, and pets.
- The new Arena has said to not allow mounts. This could indicate that it will be flagged “indoors.”
- Feral Swiftness will be usable indoors, according to a recent post from Developer Koraa. This ability is considered essential by many Ferals since it helps to counteract the Cat Form range bug.
What exactly would this mean? Well, for one Druids would obviously lose the ability to use Travel Form for a quick getaway. It would force Restoration Druids to use either Bear Form or Cat Form to break snares, a much more expensive option (Feral and Balance probably wouldn’t shift to Cheetah unless they thought they were going to be immediately resnared since they probably want to return to their Feral Form or Moonkin as soon as they can). While the above-listed changes do help mitigate the difficulty presented by indoor-only Arenas, the mana cost to break snares in and of itself would be a huge nerf.
This may be one reason that Blizzard has opted to remove the movement penalty of Tree of Life, a restriction long seen as the reason that the form could never be considered viable in PvP. Additionally, Tree of Life will gain a 100% armor increase, making it a desirable form against melee. Remember, however, that using it completely cuts you off from any form of crowd control (Cyclone, Entangling Roots, and Hibernate) and makes you susceptible to Warlock Banish, a form of CC on separate Diminishing Returns from Fear.
Why this May Not be Happening
Fortunately, there is reason to believe that we won’t be seeing indoor-only Arenas in Wrath of the Lich King. Enhancement Shaman have a new talent deep in their tree that effectively turns Shaman Ghost Wolf into a slightly slower version of Travel Form (Improved Ghost Wolf makes the ability insta-cast):
After all, it doesn’t really seem to make sense to make a change like this with the expectation of invalidating the use of the newly-improved Ghost Wolf form in competitive PvP.
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