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2-13-2008 @ 2:27AM
there is a reason that there are pretty much standard builds for all aspects of druid play i.e. PvE oriented balance, resto x2 (dreamstate balance-resto & ToL resto) & feral. With PvP, there are some variations in specs depending on arena bracket e.g. Balance (Boomkin, Moonhealer), Feral (incl. nature's grasp, natural shapeshifter, naturalist, OOC - altho feral is not too popular for PvP), and two resto builds (one incl. insect swarm and one focusing more on resto talents). The differences between some of the more nuanced builds and the standard builds are not that major and bear (grr) no resemblance to the waste of time build-shop one featured. Why gimp any of the playstyles you want to explore as a Druid when you can do 5 dailies/sell some mats on AH and respec if you want to do what I do and do a bit of all forms of druidness? If you think that you can use a spec to cover up holes in your diff gear collections, then you are very wrong imho. As a couple said already, the +spell dmg with healing gear allows you to respec between resto and balance for some degree of PvE/PvP (altho lack of spell hit will gimp your raiding/heroic performance a tad). Then with feral...if you want to tank, you NEED tanking gear (for anything harder than say ramparts). I really don't want to put you down - obviously anyone can spec how they want (i've tried some odd builds for fun many a time), but the point is that other than enticing a barrage of dismay, what was the point of this buildshop? If you wanted discussion of druid talents, why not feature builds about which there is discussion e.g. some of those nuances PvP specs I mentioned, dreamstate Vs ToL/Heavy resto for PvE, balance-resto hybrid Vs feral-resto hybrid for soloing/casual play etc etc.Just my two pence worth ;-)
2-13-2008 @ 3:32AM
A couple of reasons, Deepmaur. First, I don't play a Druid -- while I can speak fairly intelligently about their capabilities and talents, as I've seen a lot of them, I lack the deep knowledge to get into a serious discussion on the various nuances of the specs you mentioned. Personally, I think that kind of deep conversation is great, but is best handled by the guys who write the Druid column (hint, hint, John P).Second, and I'm sure some people will disagree, but not every Build Shop can be about the ultimate min-max spec. This column is meant to be accessible to players of all levels who have questions about their spec, and sometimes critiquing a build that can be improved (like this one) is more helpful to those who enjoy their class but haven't mastered it yet.I think the comments thus far have been very good, helping to dissect why you *shouldn't* take certain talents and why you should not pass up others.Personally, I love dissecting builds like this because I think they present a much better opportunity for learning.
2-13-2008 @ 5:05AM
There's one problem with this strategy of letting the comments dissect the build:You assume newbies will read the comments. Unless you're updating these builds as they get dissected, newbies will spend their points on useless talents.
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