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4-21-2010 @ 5:00AM
Just my two cents, but I think that thing about balancing a cat druid around arena is it's overlooking the fact that they excel in world and BG pvp. I haven't PvPed as a Feral since TBC (due to personal reasons, I lost my original account when I returned in WOTLK and have a hunter as my main, though levelling a feral again).Back in TBC, as a cat druid, my ability to escape, heal and CC long-range and have armor-ignoring bleeds was really what defined me as a PvPing feral. We USE a similar system resource system to Rogues (and Hunters too in coming Cata, essentially, just no combo points but with a regenerating energy bar still), but the functions and abilities of a druid versus a rogue is so different that I don't think saying cat druids are a clone of a rogue is very incorrect, since all druids, but especially ferals, triumph through BEING a hybrid, and using those multiple skills to our advantage.In PVP, Bear form isn't always the solution. Back then I had 2pc T5s in my BG pvp set. I would Bear form -> Bash or War Stomp, hit root/cyclone OR just instant Regrowth using the T5 and shifting back too fast for the rogue or any other class to stop me. With Nurturing Instinct and high enough resilience, I could get enough healing through Regrowth even as a cat. Feral druids should never think ourselves into the hole that our only real clutch move is Bear form and Frenzied Regen. When I arenaed with my Rogue partner in 2v2s before, what we can't burst down, we would start CCing. Between his stunlock on the primary target and my interrupts on heals, we could even beat double plate teams. We weren't great, but it showed the versatility that a feral could bring, although we do sacrifice the burst we can have.Now, I haven't PvPed (at a high level) as a Feral in WOTLK, even though I loved the changes. ImLotP providing mana regen so helpfully solves the major issue of druids needing to constantly shift to actually use all our abilities to the fullest. Ability to use pots in form, Feral Charge (Cat), and the reworking of the abilities were IMO, excellent additions. Of course, like I said, I haven't PvPed as a cat in a long time. Whether or not these changes keep up with the changes of the other classes is another thing all together. But personally, I think that ferals are in a much better position now than they were in TBC, and if ferals could make it work before, than IMO they still can now. Besides, we have a big advantage over Rogues as is with our bleeds, which were excellent in TBC arena too (armor-ignoring!), esp. against a rogue unless it was a Dwarf (which well, none of them were, really). With rated BGs in Cata, I really think that Feral PvP would see itself in fact, becoming the stronger 'pvp' class, since that is where we excel. Cat druids are not stuck in 'cat', that's why we're 'Ferals'. Having another interrupt available in Cat is excellent to me, for PvE for fights like Twin Valkyrs, but a PvPing feral knows there many tools we can use as well (Cyclone (granted it has cast time, but instant Cyclones with Predator's Swiftness I believe is possible if I remember the tootip?), and both races actually can use War Stomp interrupt or Shadowmeld to break the cast).
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