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1-19-2010 @ 10:21PM
Normally I really enjoy reading posts concerning the druid class. They tend to be well written with just the correct sprinkle of humour in amongst the valuable and well explained points. That said, I am rather concerned with the weighting you seem to be applying towards Ring of Maddening Whispers.Many impressionable players are likely to read your column and take advice and guidance from it and as such, many trees will end up needing or lusting after the Ring of Maddening Whisper because "WoW.com told me too". At this point it is worth pointing out just how abysmal a stat crit has become for Restoration Druids; previously it was worth stacking crit when the haste soft cap was (and I am using my 3am memory) approximately 364 haste, a figure easily obtainable with weapons and tier pieces, and when a druid was using 4 pieces of T9.Now, in 3.3 the haste soft cap was changed to approximately 734 with Celestial Focus or upwards of 800 without 18 talent points in balance, a figure that is relatively difficult to obtain for the majority of restoration druids. As such, idolising an item that is relatively far poorer for trees does not set a strong example.Secondly, with the better stats available on Tier 10 this will be an upgrade that all druids will fall into at some point, at this point their scalability of their staple spell with crit is totally removed and they have a ring that is of far less, especially with the additional haste scaling Glyph of Rapid Rejuvenation brings past the soft cap. Quicker rejuvenations should also mean, on average, more procs of the 4T10 set bonus - something that crit will in no way aid.In short, why even mention an item that is total guff for a restoration druid?
1-19-2010 @ 11:35PM
"In short, why even mention an item that is total guff for a restoration druid?"Because it's better than what I've got. :)I'll be doing a post on Restoration gear in ICC before too long, and you're 100% right that +crit has been devalued (more than it already was) in the wake of the Gift of the Earthmother changes, etc. But an upgrade's an upgrade, and it's just meant to be a throwaway joke at the expense of both my terrible luck with loot and the relative lack of pieces that were initially available from ICC-25 anyway.
1-22-2010 @ 12:21PM
Ahh, in such a light (and when I am not half asleep) the humour becomes far more apparent, apologies if my comment seemed overly harsh in any regards!I look forward to your post on the new weighting towards haste and crit for trees.
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