Can you quantify this in numbers?
A BWL geared tank is allready vastly superior to any bear, due to to superior avoidance, defense and shield block. A tank in everything bwl has to offer will partically never be crit, and if he knows what he's doing - almost never be crushed. That alone brings him above a bear tanks mitigation. Now add in parry and the warrior is so far above the bear its not even worth comparing anymore.
What's a Bear druid's strengths?
AC reduction is hard capped at 75%, 16,500 for even level mobs, 17265 for level 63 mobs.
( Here's a warrior with 15.5K AC, no Naxxramas gear - http://www.chevhell....wow/acwhat2.jpg
) Only 2k away from max AC. Doesn't seem like a huge selling point anymore.
Heart of the Wild: adds 20% stam for 5 talent points deep in the feral tree.
Shield Slam - Soon to be revised to add 10% HP (still a 10 point prot talent?)
Can't be polymorphed?
- Stack warriors? Problem solved.
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(the original Cenarion Belt):
+6 Nature Resistance
Requires Level 60
Equip: Increases damage done by Arcane spells and effects by up to 21.
I don't know what kinda point I'm trying to make. It's a terrible belt for preist in leather. It's disgusting. Nasty piece of hybrid garbage. The rest of the set was just as bad; int, stam, str, agi +spell damage +healing. /sarcasm off.
The original intent of the druid class has changed. I don't know if it's because they fired the original devs or what. Probably. Port to moonglade. Go to the south east corner. Find the Great Cat Spirit. Say "Why the hell is there a Great Cat Spirit, but no level 20 quest for Cat form?" The NPC is already there, it's been there since Beta. The least they could do is make a 'go talk to the cat and learn cat form' quest. It would take 3 minutes to code and it wouldn't make the class so glaringly incomplete. I've waited for that quest since Beta. I've waited for the "place holder" travel form cheetah to be upgraded like they promissed, also in Beta. I just did the level 20 poison quest on my rogue. So I'm kinda sore about that. I appologize.
Blizzard in thier infinate wisdom decided that they should restrain druids through itemization. You've seen it on the forums, a druid can dps, heal, or tank, but not at the same time. About needing different sets of gear for different roles.
But despite the complaints about all the druid crap in the game... by thier own logic it's not enough. You need one set for cat, one for healing, one for nuking, one for bear. That's 4 druid drops for every other classes 1 drop. Hugehoss said something to the extent that with a full set of Hive Tunneler gear a bear tank could be viable in Naxx. But it's all theory craft. The gear's just not in the game.
But really, the dream is dead. It was a bait and switch to trick people into playing healers.
- Mootan quit.
- Hugehoss would have stepped down from MT as <Peekay> got further into Naxx, but the guild fell apart and they're back to Nefarian status instead of pushing into new content. So he lucked out and didn't respec resto.
For those not trolling the druid forums, imagine what the rogue forums would be like if Wodin (aka "The Rogue") posted that Rogue wasn't a viable dps class after all. Mootan and Hugehoss are "the ferals".http://forums.worldo...mp=1#post979205
Mootan's "I quit" post. It's depressing as all hell. "They sold me a whole area of a class that has no place anywhere." Since shapeshifting is an offspec and all. Hell, atleast I can amuse people with cool and interesting forms. Go me.
That being said, I love my druid. I'm 14 / 31 / 5. Even though Furor is broken. Again. That's fine. They'll fix it again. The blue's posted that they'll get around to it eventually. I heal when needed (which is alot), tank / off-tank when needed (which isn't as much as I'd like), dps when needed (Nobody. Is. Short. On. Rogues. Ever.) I'll probably respec to help my guild through Naxx, but we haven't hit the point where lack of healing is the issue yet.
Wait for the expansion. Hopefully with harder 5 mans people won't want a druid as a healer. GG 30 minute rez.
God, this post sounds depressing as all hell.