This expansion has focused heavily on the idea of class rather than the individual player. From dedicated class halls , class quests and class mounts right through to class themed portions of the open world (sheesh that’s a lot of class!), your toon’s class as a driving story factor has never been stronger. Along with this, we’ve also seen the removal of certain abilities and rework of specs as they didn’t reflect the fantasy leaving many to miss what their toon once was.
Tell us how you are finding the fantasy of the class and the world we live in. Has Blizzard nailed it on the head, or is it just leaving you cold and wanting to re-write the way your toon’s class is portrayed.
I almost missed doing this blog challenge in time.
It’s not an easy one to answer honestly, without it sounding like a rant at first. And without going on and on and on…
But here goes 🙂
I have played a Druid since the beginning of WoW.
Oddly enough, I feel less of a Druid today, than ten years ago, in particular when it comes to the use of spells, which, let’s face it, is something we do a lot. So it has to work
I think Classes overall has lost a lot of their uniqueness.
So many spells have been removed, taken away, or moved to other specs.
I miss Hibernate. Thorns. Soothe Animal (Hah, remember?) I miss Faerie Fire.
Heck, I even miss my teleport to Moonglade. (Yes, I know I have one, but it takes me to the Emerald Dreamway first, and it’s just not the same.)
I also miss the ability to downrank our spells.
I miss being able to shapeshift into whatever form I want, without it over-riding other forms automatically. I hate the merged form-button.
Why can I not just try to be a cheetah in the water? Give me back my freedom of choice.
And while we are on this subject, give me Mark of the Wild back!
The ability to buff someone I pass by, a friendly gesture. I miss that.
Oh, Insect Swarm! And where did Hurricane go?
Give me back my old Regrowth, where the HoT portion of the heal was far longer.
Oh, it’s turning into a rant…Did you notice?
I think we just established, that I hate it, when people take stuff away from me! Rosetinted goggles are strong.
Quick, let’s steer this in the other direction, shall we…
I am glad, that I have gotten an out of combat-ressurection spell. We didn’t always have that, and it was really demotivating running Dungeons back in the ol’ days and being told no, because of that. It feels more Druidic too, to be able to do so.
I like that I am able to deal a decent amount of DPS even as Restoration specced. Surely being highly skilled in one area, does not mean you have no idea how to defend yourself?
The HoTs still roll strong in this one, it’s still what we are about, being able to predict damage incoming. That’s what I love. I am no good at healing during the first go on an encounter. I am far better on go nr. 10. Granted, everyone probably is, but it takes knowledge to know when to prehot and maximise, and it gives me a sense of progress and it is my favorite competition; me vs. myself.
I like how we have gotten a little tank helper-buff (Ironbark). Tranquility has been made very strong too.
And we are no longer just Innervate robots reserved to help our the Priests’ mana either!
Ursol’s Vortex and Typhoon and what not is cool too, but I miss more “class feel” when casting them. Maybe it will come in the future, with updated animations? Though a part of me fear them, since they change with animations I have grown to love for a decade…
I adore Orca, obviously.
As the other specs for Druids go; I only play Restoration, so I’m not one to “judge” in those aspects.
Overall though, I feel that our spells are very Druidic, but I miss those from the earlier days, as mentioned above.
And I think each class should be quite different from the rest, so I don’t think Blizzard nailed this one.
They have attempted too hard to make every class appeal to everyone. And I imagine it has to do with PvP as well. But surely Hibernate could have just been made, so it wouldn’t work in PvP areas? Why, Blizzard, why…
Right! Onto the Legion Class things.
Druid Class Campaign
It was lovely! I did miss a more unique feel to it, spellwise; requiring us to use all our spells. You know, unforgiven scenarios, where one dispell missing results in death.
But the storytelling was great, apart from 7.2, of course. Loved going back to the old War of the Ancient. I wish we could do it again.
And I am loving all things Druidic, so yeah, having to visit Hyjal and where not, paws up from me!
For some reason, being selected “Arch Druid” does not sit well with me though; It’s a very majestic title RP-wise, and it seems overwhelming.
Guardian of G’Hanir though, much love for that titel 🙂
I didn’t have any Druid Champions I expected to see in my Class Hall, so I was not dissapointed nor overly happy with the ones I did get.
They are fine, I think! And I adore how they can be your bodyguard. It’s just awesome, doing World Quests as a healer but be accompanied by a Druid Bear or Cat. Wiii 🙂
Keeper Remulos though, actually, it was great to see him! He has been with me since the beginning in Moonglade…Aww….
Our Artifact Weapon: G’Hanir The Mother Tree
Oh, it’s so amazing. Only positive things from here. The story behind it and the looks of it is so gorgeous, in all it’s variations. So Druidic. And the fact that the tree in Dalaran tosses you an apple everything you pass him by, when wearing G’hanir? Blizzard nailed this one! Oh also, how the first boss in Darkheart Thicket speaks to you if you wield it. Super awesome.
Our Tier sets
Well okay, I haven ‘t exactly got access to them for real, but I have managed to gather a few pieces from LFR here and there.
I think our sets are okay, there is no doubt it’s a Druid passing you by, though I’d love it, if our sets actually were made pr. spec. A Restoration Druid in combat would wear something completely different, than a Feral Druid would.
I wish, wish, wish we had more kilts though. What happened to those!?
—> Are you reading this, Blizzard? (of course you are, you visit my blog several times a day!) MORE KILTS. <—-
Ok…No. Not nailed it. Far from it, actually. They forced the passenger-ability so much it ended up ruining the model. And it bugs out alot, and is not functioning as it should. They did admit that it has issues, so hopefully it will get looked into but still. We cannot even use it on Argus, because it’s not usable in no flight-areas.
Luckily one can turn it off by talking to a NPC, but still…A shame.
The quest line for obtaining it was okay though 🙂
Druid Class Hall: The Dreamgrove
I could do an entire post about this place…I think I will sometime actually.
Naaaailed it. Amazing. Stunning. Beautiful. Moonwells. Trees. Night Elven buildings. Little baby Moonkins learning how to dance. A statue of Malorne. Hippogryphs. Dens. Druids!
When we teleport to our Class Hall, we first get to the Emerald Dreamway.
The Emerald Dreamway is a glade within the Emerald Dream. Partially tainted by the Emerald Nightmare, druids help fight the encroaching corruption in order to clear a path to the Dreamgrove in Val’sharah. Once established, they are able to traverse the Dreamway when needed, as its many portals connect to different natural locations on Azeroth.
This place is gorgeous too. And I love how it has a little bit of the Nightmare in it as well. Lots of great screenshot areas, and teleports to nature-y places all over Azeroth.
One final thing I’d like to add is, that I would love to see, how the Druid class benefits the Alliance in particular. I mean, like, imagine a cinematic, where each of our classes gets their 15 seconds of spotlight fame, and we see them in all their glory, showing why they, their class, is so important to have alongside you in the battle against Legion.
That would be fantastic.
There you have it I guess 🙂
This challenge has been a great read for me, because I only know the Druid Class – it has been really nice to read and see something about other classes – So thank you for that 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend everyone 🙂