I usually post this much earlier after a major content patch or expansion, but I’ve been investing a lot of time in the game trying to gear and rep up. I also wanted to get a good feel for everything before I posted my opinions.
Eclipse damage disparity
Whether you’re attempting to single target or AoE, there’s a huge disparity in our DPS. Wrath and Astral Storm have been nerfed to give a ‘flavor’ to each Eclipse. Lunar Eclipse is much stronger for direct damage and Solar is much stronger for AoE. I don’t like it. Eclipse/Astral Communion management now becomes an integral part of min/max. I would be much happier of Starfire and Hurricane were nerfed and Wrath and Astral Storm buffed.
Burst versus Sustain
Due to our two (or three, depending on your talents) cooldowns, balance druids are excellent at burst DPS in Mists. The problem lies with sustain. We’re like a charging stallion out of the gate, but by mid-field, we’ve slowed to a trot. With the lack of an execute (and the fact that most other classes now have some sort of execute), other classes are quick to catch up to us.
Lack of talent variety
One of the attractive things to this new talent system was the supposed lack of talent variety. While we may see this a bit with our level 90 talents, it really isn’t true in level 60. Incarnation hands down beats the rest. Force of Nature is an absolute joke that scales horribly, and hasn’t been addressed, since, well, when it was first introduced.
Forced Hybridization for top DPS?
I’ve never been a fan of all three level 90 talents involving some sort of hybridization. That being said, the hybrid-portion of HotW and Nature’s Vigil can largely be ignored (unless you really want to mooncat). Many sims, however, are showing Dream of Cenarius to be the top talent once we get to high haste levels at the end of this tier. I do not want to be forced to throw healing touches just to min/max my DPS. This talent needs a complete rework. We need a throughput-only level 90 talent.
All-in-all, I’m happy with Mists. It’s probably one of the most enjoyable expansion launches for me so far. Every expansion, Moonkin are making great strides to really be on par with non-hybrid classes, however I am starting to wonder if we’ll ever hit equalization before World of Warcraft is replaced by Titan.
Sound off, what are your thoughts about Mists?
From the MMO-Champion Druid forums:
Hold on 1 sec… I really thought this was a joke! Are they really gone mental or something? Every pvp team, will have a druid, if not 2 or all being preferable, depending on the implementation of the spell. Its so ridicules I’m sure that everyone who ever had a nut-ball idea for their favourite class (myself included) will now actually believe they can have the ‘stealth circus-pegasus noob discriminator’ ability w/o gcd (not included here)! Apart from the practical imbalance, there are some ethical rules being cast aside – are we not all equal in the blizzard god’s eyes?? Well, I thought we were at least supposed to be (even if some are less fortunate and have to eat out of dumpsters every now and again) and that there was a pretension to the idea that ‘we are all the blessed children. Even you Ele Sham, your ugliness makes all greater for your departure to the graveyard’. But hold on, now things have changed! You could say that the DK was a touch evangelistic- everyone gets one, robs all good stuff from the poor kid (enhance D': ), laughing heartily etc, etc but here we go, the messiah himself, the first coming has been taken over by the pagans and the big J has arrived dressed in any ‘ol varmet’ hat he can get his head under so as he can dole out ‘favours for favours’. Everyone wants a piece of him now – they’l want to be him, they’l want to know him, do his laundry, clean his feet, no one will actually want to be anyone else but Big J, and eventually they’l take over america, i mean azeroth. My point is that, this is something like a phenomenon – I mean, I just realised that I wasted my SoR boost to L80 on a flippin mage! Actually, it is a joke,.. yes, i’m sure now. All of those who got there boost on Big J are gonna find out April 1 that, in fact, you just cant have that ‘stealt circus pegasus’ even in fantasy land there are rules! THINK of the RUUUUULES wont you please think…. yes, in the end surely it will something like ‘you can give an ability to another player until you are but a naked toon who has learned his lesson from big J that being greedy and wanting to have everything everyone else has is not always the greatest cause for your actions to find fruit’. Happy 4/1, roll on 21/12 when the druids are in charge!
And the best reply ever, from Warwulf:
Cocaine is a hell of a drug…