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9-25-2011 @ 10:12PM
Well, first I will confess that as a Cata baby, I never experienced permanent tree form, but I rolled boomkin as my offspec, so I have an idea, I suppose. This was recently talked about in a druid column, so I'm going to cheat and copy-paste my previous thoughts.I continue to promote the "shift up" system, where the big cooldown for every spec is a shapeshift to a more powerful version of your current form. This brings back permanent tree form, and has the current one as our "Ancient of Life" as opposed to "Tree of Life". Or whatever. Meanwhile, return Dire forms with the same purpose for Cats and Bears. As for moonkins... maybe something a little different revolving around the eclipse system. I don't know. I love my moonkin, but I think a "sunkin" is a bad idea. Equally a "dire moonkin"- after all, these shouldn't be too similar to each other.I'm rambling now, but I think my point is- if we want to make shapeshifting the signature druid mechanic, let's go all the way with it. Let's make it constant, yet powerful. And for the love of the Titans, take it off the GCD. Nothing is less fun than dismounting for immediate combat, then having to waste a cast to shift.To the above previous thoughts, I would now add that it also ought to be optional, yet epic, so people want to be shapeshifted but don't have to be, yet can still receive the benefits of being shifted. "Channel the animal spirits", I guess. Although that sounds kind of shaman-ish.Oh, and someone pointed out that having shifting off the GCD would be overpowered in PvP, but I think that would be easily solved by an ICD on the removal of snares as a result of shifting. Like 5 seconds or something.
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