I’ve finally taken a break from the endless raid grind and have a few moments to share some of my thoughts on the raiding experience.
First off: I love it.
Cataclysm raids are much harder then those found in Wrath of the Lich King. I would put the comparable difficult of standard Cataclysm Raids to that of heroic modes in Icecrown Citadel. So far I’ve killed 11/12 bosses, and I have yet to come across a gear check. These fights are all about execution and individual responsibility. We probably spent about 10 hours beating our head against Cho’gall until we figured out our weak point and were able to fix it within an hour.
As for moonkin in PvE, I think we play a very vital role. I find our DPS to be comparable to any other class, plus our utility of rebirth, and ESPECIALLY our innervate, is really crucial to most fights.
We do have our shortfalls, however, and I think our main one right now is AoE. We simply cannot withstand to hurricane, and without splash damage, Starfall is no longer a very decent AoE. Wild Mushrooms can do some incredible damage, but with their 3 yard explosion radius and their three individual cast times, you can often find yourself losing a lot of DPS due to exploding mushrooms with nothing around. I think the Wild Mushroom mechanic needs to be worked on. I’d like to see an ability to drop all mushrooms at once, as well as the range doubled. (I personally think the explosion range should match the fungal growth range of 8 yards.).
As for mana, I generally do not have issues. If I used my own innervates, I definitely would not. I use [item]Glyph of Innervate[/item] and innervate a healer on cooldown. The only time I run into mana issues is when I cannot continue to hardcast my standard rotation, and generally trying to get back into my rotation fixes my mana issues.
By the way, if you’re raiding, make sure you have the [item]Glyph of Rebirth[/item]. It’s priceless.
Soon I will post a screenshot of me riding my [item]Reins of the Drake of the South Wind[/item] that [npc]46753[/npc] decided to give me tonight.