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10-11-2011 @ 3:45PM
If you sent me the columns earlier, I would ecstatically comment on them before you sent them out. Also, I just have to say: This is why we love you. An entire column devoted to your commenters? That's so awesome I don't have the words for it.And on the matter of glyphs, something else was brought to my attention since I last commented. While going over some raid guides, I noted that DPS are supposed to handle brezzes as much as possible, especially in raids. So Glyph of Rebirth is useless in raids if you have another druid helping out. (And your entire raid should be made of druids.) And Glyph of Healing Touch is, as noted, laughable. It'd be fine if Healing Touch actually did enough healing that we want to cast it frequently, but it doesn't and we don't. It'd also be okay if Nature's Swiftness were on a shorter cooldown and we used it more frequently, but again, these spells languish in their uselessness on our action bars, dreaming of relevance.And now Glyph of Wild Growth has been nerfed to the point of actually being bad. We have NO (0, zero, none, zip, nada, null, nothing, a nonexistent amount) of good Major Glyphs. Rebirth is the most useful, but it's a bit like Spirit of Redemption- an "Improved Death" ability is less than satisfying. Plus it's only good when no one else can rez or you need the extra health. I'm begging for another glyph choice, here.
10-11-2011 @ 5:20PM
Actually, for the better part of a year I've been kicking around a column on the best comments Shifting has ever gotten. The problem is the knowledge that I'd have to leave out a *lot* of comments, unless I wanted to turn it into a 10,000 word tract, or else possibly a series. I still haven't ruled out the latter.Although there's also the issue of one of the best comments I've ever gotten (or at least, one that has done the most to inform my view of social interaction in the game: http://wow.joystiq.com/2008/09/13/tank-talk-should-the-main-tank-position-still-exist/comments/14304042/) being a Talk Talk comment, which is a now-vanished tanking column from back in 2008. Eh, screw it, I'd bung it into Shifting anyway on the flimsy rationale that it has something to do with bears.The Glyph of Rebirth thing is actually something I thought of shortly after replying to reynard.fox above -- everybody takes it, but its usefulness can really be devalued depending on who's the go-to person for battle-rezzing in your raid. It really is a lot easier to have a DPS battle rez as necessary, particularly on healing-intensive encounters.So resto druids' major glyphs have really gotten picked off one-by-one in this expansion, haven't they?
10-11-2011 @ 8:43PM
That would be a truly magnificent column. And yeah, initially I was just ranting, but Resto really doesn't have any Major Glyphs left, especially with the point you brought up about Rebirth being required for all Druids. I do want Healing Touch and Nature's Swiftness to be useful- but Healing Touch just can't justify its mana cost and cast time, and Nature's Swiftness is a nice ability, but not one that's useful every three minutes- it's hardly worth paying attention to. What would make Nature's Swiftness an incredibly powerful three-minute cooldown spell, in keeping with druid tradition of overhealing and high heals, would be: when cast, Nature's Swiftness causes all HoT effects on the target to be consumed to instantly heal for their remaining amount of healing yet to be done. That would basically make Nature's Swiftness our version of Lay On Hands, but with a perfect druid twist. And then Healing Touch glyphed would be effectively a requirement, even if they nerfed the cooldown reduction. Eh..... Just some ramblings.
10-11-2011 @ 9:02PM
And having thought about it, that would work even better with an insta-stacking Lifebloom. I do so love it when a set of crazy thoughts come together. It'd be like a power version of Swiftmend, but more interesting! Do you have time to refresh that Lifebloom stack? If you drop a Rejuvenation on someone without anything, will it be enough? Oh, the possibilities!
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