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11-06-2011 @ 11:38PM
While I'd love to see shred lose positional reqs, I'm giving even odds right on that vs. making claw our new mangle like paul said.I'm also concerned with the larger issue with some of these assumptions, which is, given that talents appear to promote shifting more, can't we assume that picking a spec won't preclude you from at least most of the key abilities for all specs? I mean, they DID show a differentiation between class and spec abilities for paladins at Blizzcon, so I'd have to assume that we'll keep more of our toolkit than we lose.
11-07-2011 @ 1:49AM
Playing a feral dps druid will probably be much more about shifting out of form to cast spells than ever. Some people may like it, some may hate it but chances are this will be feral's distinction and unique flavor from now on.
11-07-2011 @ 10:29AM
As much as I'm terrified of having to re-learn how to be a feral by incorporating other spells into my "rotation", ever since BC I've had Tranquility and some of my heals off to the side where I can get to them for an emergency. I just hope they do something to reduce the sheer volume of abilities I have to have quick access to.I'm almost looking forward to the possibility of not spending 100% of my time in-form.
11-07-2011 @ 3:09PM
Just to clarify my point a little, I'm not even trying to focus on the "talents appear to promote shifting more" thing. Honestly, I think that an implementation of that would likely be so difficult to make enjoyable that it isn't likely to go live.The emphasis on my original comment was supposed to be the "they DID show a differentiation between class and spec abilities... so I'd have to assume that we'll keep more of our toolkit than we lose" part.I think that it is unwise to place the proverbial sorting hat on each old talent or ability and assign it to the feral/guardian house. I'm sure that the basic buttons you need to mash to play guardian (maul, growl, mangle?, etc.) will be available as CLASS skills while leveling any druid, just like the basic heals and nukes. IMO, the majority of things that are going to get the sorting hat are things like the current specialization bonii, and deep-tree abilities with specific spec funtionality. And even there, in the case of ferals/guardians, it's possible, if not likely, to see some shared things like Berserk (and maybe still mangle) along the way.
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