Apr 2nd 2012 5:13PM My original main was a resto druid. I loved it. But then Blizzard:
* Removed tree form as a permanent form.
* De-emphasized HOT healing for druids in favor of more direct healing.
Resto druids may in fact be a "better" and more balanced class now. I have played my druid a bit since the changes, and can see how they would be useful. But those two changes in tandem sort of ruined the class for me. There was nothing I loved more when raiding than jumping around in tree form like a maniac, looking ridiculous, yet throwing HOTs left and right and being constantly in action. Standing in place, looking normal, and casting direct heals just didn't work for me -- as a druid. My resto shaman became my main as a result.
Feb 10th 2012 12:51PM ^^^^
This. As a shaman healer, if I am facing more than 1 dps who know how to interrupt/slow, I am toast. I envy paladins with their bubble and whatever priests have that can make their casts uninterruptable. (Conversely, I love fighting resto druids and purging off all of their HOTS...so fun.) I feel like my emergency toolkit is lacking in comparison. Casting on the run is nice if I can get some distance but if they are able to follow and keep interrupting then it's not much help.
Jun 7th 2011 6:07PM Question re Ascendant Council. The article states that Spirit Link Totem is a good emergency cooldown in phase 3. You have to stay spread out in phase 3 to avoid chaining the lightning. How do you use Spirit Link Totem effectively in this situation?
Feb 16th 2011 1:26PM @adam
Play a Holy Paladin and you will immediately know what they mean.
I went from playing a resto druid and a resto shaman to a holy paladin, and the vast array of bonus goodies to help keep people alive blew my mind.
Feb 17th 2009 9:25PM I don't like the vehicle fights in instances because of the UI. I have my UI set up just how I like it, with several addons. When vehicles become part of the fight, it can be difficult for me to select other players' vehicles, and use the abilities of my vehicle properly (for example, seeing combo points). Turning off / tweaking the addons isn't always a great solution either.
Dec 17th 2008 11:06AM I run with a druid tank almost all the time. My experience is the opposite -- he has so much health that I have little trouble healing him, and I can often ignore him entirely for small stretches and devote my attention to healing others. In fact, on the rare occasions when I do run with a different tank class, I am always surprised at how much more healing attention they require. (I play a resto druid btw.)
It's true that bears are not as well suited to AOE threat as other classes, but we rarely have problems with mobs getting away from him. Of course it helps that this guy is a really great tank. :)