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4-16-2010 @ 5:11PM
People aren't going to quit healing because of parity. That's the scapegoat.The resto druid's just scared he won't be able to top the healing meters by facerolling now that he actually has to think about using lifebloom on the tanks and when to pop tree form. And after all, the healing meter is what determines your raid spot.They're really going to quit because watching mana and choosing the right spell takes some brains and this is a challenge that they don't want to deal with.
4-16-2010 @ 5:20PM
All generalizations are bad.
4-16-2010 @ 5:29PM
While that might be true for a lot of people, it's not for me. My mains consist of a resto shaman, holy paladin, holy priest and an up-and-coming resto druid. I'm a goal orientied person, so the main thing for me to reach as a druid was Tree Form.I love the direction the new healing model is going.. but I'm very sad that I'm going to lose my tree. Sure, everything's going to be different, yeah, but the whole reason I liked the druid class was the visuals. The fact you got to play as my favorite models from Vanilla - the entling.I don't care about another cooldown or cool new tricks.. but a minor glyph that allows us to visually stay in tree form (like they said they might do) would be great.
4-16-2010 @ 5:46PM
Personally I'd rather have to make the right choices and manage my resources. I don't play this game to top meters, I play to improve my last performance and have a sense of accomplishment. Bring on the challenge. And give me some changes to learn and adapt to so I can keep my brain working.
4-16-2010 @ 5:47PM
I strongly identify with the tree, so, I probably wont be playing a resto druid come cataclysm. Blizz can do what it wants, I can do what I want. This has nothing to do with facerolling (and, seriously arguements made at the level of a 13 year old are pretty trite).
4-16-2010 @ 5:59PM
I've played a resto druid as my main from Kara, on through Hyjal, BT, Sunwell, and now through Naxx, Ulduar, ToGC, and ICC. I've gone from rolling Lifebloom and maybe a rejuv/regrowth on 1-4 tanks and nothing else, to spamming Regrowth and little else, to a mix of all of my spells, and now to WG/rejuv spam. In that time, and throughout those changes in mechanics, my position on the meters has varied greatly. In BC, it was a rare day that any druid topped the healing meters. We didn't heal people - we just provided a buffer for the other healers. There were those fights where we came out at or near the top, but usually, we were not number 1. As we moved into WotLK my position on the meters has trended upwards, and I do very often top them now.Throughout all of this, I always had a raid spot. I didn't have one because I was topping the meters. I didn't have one because I was the token tree (we had several trees in guild). I didn't have a spot because our other healers sucked. I had a spot because despite where I may show up on Recount, when I am there, people die less.When they announced the change of Tree of Life to a cooldown, I started considering not being resto any longer. I considered changing my main to another healing class. I still haven't decided, and won't until I see the changes in action.I didn't feel that way because I won't top the meters. I didn't feel like that because I won't get a raid spot any more. I feel that way because I like being a tree. It is a pointless, inconsequential graphical change, and little else. But it is who I have come to identify my character with. I don't care if it is restrictive. It has come to symbolize the essence of the resto druid to me, and I will miss that.
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