Now that we’ve had time to play with Symbiosis as well as discovered the abilities are transferred, it’s obvious there are some oversights and flaws that need to be addressed.
Here’s this druid’s take on it:
Symbiosis needs to be cool. It’s our level 87 ability. Especially for the poor resto druids who haven’t seen a new ability since Wrath of the Lich Ling, this really needs to pack a punch.
The problem we run into now is balancing. The other classes will obviously be balanced around their level 87 ability. If we want throughput abilities (which we do), we are going to need to be balanced around them. To prevent us from being pigeonholed into a Dark Intent situation, the DPS buffs need to be on the druid’s side and not our target.
Further complicating Symbiosis and being balanced around Symbiosis is the situation when we do not have a viable throughput symbiosis partner available. I submit that Symbiosis should provide a passive ability when not cast on a target to give us some sort of buffer/reprieve. This could even be something as simply as +2 mastery. (While the mastery mechanic is not the best for balance druids it would provide something worthwhile to each druid spec, and we all know what happens when Blizzard tries to split one ability across all four specs. I’m looking at you, Heart of the Wild.)
The passive ability should be slightly underpowered compared to the throughput buffs to give a druid incentive to use Symbiosis, but still powerful enough that we are not significantly nerfed if we lack a Symbiosis target.
That’s my two cents for now. I’m sure I’ll have more to talk about. You can also hear my rant on the Team Waffle Podcast, Episode 29 which we recorded last night.