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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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