Dec 6th 2010 10:34AM Wish I had a mouse!
Apr 15th 2010 5:08PM 80,000 times $25 is a cool $2 mil. As long as at least 50% of that revenue goes back into R&D for Blizzard, I say keep doing it.
Blizzard knows that there are suckers like myself who will purchase every single vanity pet (and now mount) that they sell. I think it's great!
Apr 13th 2010 6:11PM What I find frustrating with the change is that the change is being made purely from a pvp standpoint. At no time should a resto druid in a raid be doing any offensive abilities. We don't ask disc priest to spam smite, we don't ask holy paladins to get up there and whack mobs, and we don't ask resto shaman to cast chain lightning.
But because trees have to shift out of their healing form in order to cast offensive spells in a pvp environment, the form has to go.
I think it's a bad design decision.
What I think they should have done was look at the tree form and say, "what can we give the tree form that an un-shifted druid can't use?" and perhaps move some of the resto abilities to the tree form. Or create new tree-only abilities. In addition to that, allow offensive spells to be cast but at a certain penalty (warriors in prot stance have a dps penalty for example).
This talk of old timers versus new players also doesn't hold any water. I'm an old timer who enjoys creating alts. It just so happens that the druid is my latest, and I picked it specifically for tree healing. I just hope I get a chance to utilize it to the fullest potential before it goes away.
Apr 12th 2010 3:56PM After reading through some of GC's posts about the rationale, I still am left wondering if their decision is the right direction.
In Bear, Cat, and Owl form, you have abilities that you can't use in other forms (for the most part). Once you shift into cat you've got a lot of dps abilities that you can't have while not shifted.
Their rationale is that when you shift into tree, you're essentially working with the same set of tools as when you're not shifted. Perhaps the answer then is to take some of the druid's resto spells and make them tree-only. Nourish or Wild Growth? I don't know the answer here, but what I am saying is that perhaps rather than make Tree a cooldown based shifting ability (which, unless the mana cost is very low, I don't know how that'll work in the middle of a fight when you're trying to conserve mana), keep the Tree as a shift ability and then add tree-specific spells/abilities. I know they don't want to have more buttons to press, but you could instead move some existing ones into that form.
Out of tree form, druids could probably have rejuvinate and healing touch. Everything else could require tree form.
I just think a more creative approach could have been done.
Apr 12th 2010 1:52PM While I understand the reasoning that other healers can use offensive abilities while in their healing specs, the mere mention of such a rationale for changing the tree form because of this means that they're balancing the class based on complaints from the PvP community. Every dungeon and raid I've been in, I've never seen the healer also put out dps. If they do, it's laughable at best, because they're not in the instance to be a dps, but rather to be a healer. If they'd like to change that up, we have been given dual specs.
In PvP however, other healers can indeed perform their offensive abilities.
What's unfortunate is that their fix to this is the removal of the tree. Why not allow offensive abilities, but at a dps reduction. This could be very similar to how a warrior in Defensive stance gets a reduction to their dps.
Apr 12th 2010 1:16PM I just hope they change the Tree of Life change or do something so that resto druids who WANT to continue to be full time tree's can be. Out of all of the changes to all of the classes so far, I think this is the one that personally I feel is wrong. Bears, Cats, and Owl's are still full-time shapeshift abilities, and so should the tree.
The argument that a druid shouldn't have to be in a form to heal doesn't hold water. The druid has to be in a form to dps (cat/owl) and tank (bear) effectively, so why shouldn't the druid have to be in a form to heal (tree)?
I recently rolled a new druid specifically to go resto tree, and the change certainly saddens me. I hope the end result is that through talents, glyphs, or other means the tree form will end up a full-time shapeshift again.
Nov 23rd 2009 3:40PM I wish to win this please.
Jun 19th 2009 12:02PM Not every iLevel increment deserves a new Tier labeling. Think about all the iLevel's of gear at level 80....that'd be ridiculous.
Tier X gear should be limited to class-specific "sets" of gear which have bonuses for acquiring multiple pieces. By this token we currently only have Tier 7, 7.5, 8, and 8.5
Jun 11th 2009 1:24AM This is stupid, how hard is it to just wait until level 40 like the old days. Gives you something to work towards. I've agreed with a lot of what they've done, but Blizzard is unfortunatley making the game way too easy.