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4-15-2010 @ 10:55AM
My third character ever, my first 'serious' character, my current main, and my first 80, are the same resto druid. I leveled as resto, from 10 to 80 (with a brief feral phase around level 67, but I switched out after a while). I did a lot of soloing this way, and ran a few dungeons. I almost exclusively run instances as a resto druid. Resto druids are awesome.That being said, I love the idea of healing in caster form. Tree form is fun, but it is incredibly limiting. I find myself shifting out of heal form to be of any other help to the group often (esp since most druid heals take time not casting to do anything of interest, you have some free time during some fights/some part of big fights). If there's no other druid in the area, toss some lifeblooms at the tank (or something else based on the situation), shift, faerie fire or anything else useful, shift, continue healing... and those two GCD from shifting make a difference. Also powershifting to break movement roots.I don't think that the tree should totally go away though, which makes this cooldown thing interesting too (as though we finally get a specific 'oh crap' cooldown instead of working with what we have... and such that it works to our strengths as resto druids).I do think that it'd be interesting still to have regular tree form, if not just for cosmetic reasons... I mean the model isn't disappearing, it's just the treant model. So maybe treeform can be just for preference in how you look while healing?The glyph idea is also pretty interesting... maybe there can be two styles of resto healing? (Yay diversity!)Nothing's set in stone right now; It'll be ironed out like always. They won't make the spec unusable, its' just changing.
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