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4-11-2010 @ 4:36AM
1st of all, I've played 2 Druids, both of which, were Trees. One had a Moonkin Offspec, the other had a Bear offspec. But both Druids were main spec Trees for 3 reasons:#1.) The armor and the polymorph immunity were just awesome in PvP#2.) The increased healing was very nice, and I loved the way the spells worked out, you could pretty much just HoT the tank, spam Nourish and eat a sandwhich, and yes, I have actually done that when Ulduar was the top-tier raid, and it wasn't much different in ToC. Of course, in ICC, you have to be a little more alert.#3.) The looks. The first day I logged onto my first character, which was a Blood Elf Rogue, been Horde ever since, I saw a Tauren Tree Druid helping an Orc Warrior kill some Alliance attacking the front gates of Silvermoon. I sat there and just watched the Tree heal the Warrior while he killed the Alliance players. After thinking about maybe being like that Druid, being a Tree, and having people depend on me to keep them alive, well, that sounded really cool.So anyways, I start talking to this Tree, which at the time was back in BC days, so he was level 70 fully decked out in BT/SW/TK gear, and I began to ask him a bunch of noob questions, like, "How do you become a Tree? What spec is it? How fun is it?" and he just answered everything so perfectly, I literally fell in love with the idea of being a Tree Druid.So I got my Rogue to level 70 two weeks before WotLK came out, so I missed out on a lot of raiding of course. When WotLK comes out, I check out the DK class, got that to 80 after my Rogue got to 80. I started hitting up Naxx when it was the top-tier raid on both toons. My guild ended up needing a healer for Naxx 25man, we were on KT btw, and I see my old Tree friend log on, and I immediately realize 2 things:#1.) Invite him, he's the ToP (Tree of Pwn)#2.) I had been seriously neglecting my Tree Druid, was still only at level 68, and still in Shadowmoon Valley.After we downed KT, my Tree friend asks me why haven't I leveled my Druid to 80 yet, why was I focusing so much on my Rogue and my DK.My answer, I didn't know...So, for the next three weeks, I dedicated all my WoW-time to leveling my first Druid to 80, and becoming the next ToP (see above)After about 2 1/2 weeks, my Druid gets to level 78, and my guild asked that I started coming back to the raids again, which of course, could not be so easily ignored.So, when my Druid hits 80, finally, I was a Tree, and my new healing mentor, taught me everything he knew about healing as a Tree in raids and in PvP, I of course focused mostly on PvP, because watching him PvP is what inspired me to become a Tree Druid in the first place. So eventually, i get geared up, and I start to ask myself the same question he asked me when my Druid was still only level 68. Why did i spend so much time and effort on a Rogue and a DK.After you play a Druid, any Druid, not just Trees, you begin to realize what the game is all about, having fun. Druids are fun. Trees of course, being the funnest thing to do in the game for, well, pretty much anybody who has ever actually played one.So when dual spec comes out, I dual spec one of my Druids as a Bear, never bothered with it after I did it though, waste of 1000 gold right there.My 2nd Druid became an off spec Moonkin, which was used for leveling, and after I hit 80, never touched that spec again. I now had two Tree Druid healers, both main spec. Why? Because it's fun.So today, me and my Tree friend are talking, and we had both just read about the changes to Tree form. We were both pretty bummed, me especially, I was just hoping I wouldn't lose my taste for the Druid class.Later, I get into an ICC 25man run with some random PuG, and we need a few more healers, I was on my DK, I went to ask my Tree friend if he wanted to come heal. When I opened up my friends list, I see he wasn't online. I search his guild on the Who tab... I personally couldn't believe it, he was on his undergeared unholy DK that he had not played since it hit 80 back in August. What toon was I on you may ask? I, was on my DK as well, but mine was actually pretty well geared, being the only difference between mine and his. I'm mostly ICC/ToC geared, while he's mostly in gear from heroic dungeons.But the gear is not the point, I asked him to come heal, he said, "Nah, I think I'm gonna start playing my DK dude."I had pretty much made the same decision.My and my mentor, the coolest dude I knew on this game, and that I had known for years now, had both lost the taste we had for the Druid class, and the whole Tree-nerf thing hasn't even happened yet, we already lost interest.So my guess is, he will probably stop playing, and I'll probably just stick to my DK.So, there you go Blizzard, by getting rid of Tree of Life form in Cataclysm, you have failed the Tree Druid class, and possibly made it so anybody who has ever played a Druid healer to never log onto that character again. The same might go for me, unless I somehow get into tanking or ranged dps, which is unlikely, but we'll see.And yes, I did notice people did like to stick around me when I was in Tree form.And one more thing in this extremely long post, anbody who has ever complained about healing as a Tree, you should do the following 2 things:#1.) Delete your Druid character, because you honestly do not get the point of healing as a Tree Druid, and therefor do not really deserve to play one.#2.) Take your right foot, shove it into your back side, and break you foot off with a quick twist, because if you don't, I will, because thinking like the way you think deserves a foot in the rear end, forever.
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