Playing around a bit on PTR with the new tier bonuses and new talents, I’m actually quite excited for the new SotF talent.
The 2pc bonus contributes to ~2.5% overall DPS with the Soul of the Forest talent, and obviously our 4pc bonus will make SotF more attractive, as we’ll be able to swing Eclipses much faster and reduce the CA cooldown even more. (Plus, it’ll no longer line up with incarnation). Both of these set bonuses are geared around SotF. I was noticing that CA was coming off cooldown ~45sec-60 seconds early with the 4pc. This obviously will slightly devalue berserking for trolls as well as Incarnation. It could slightly increase Nature’s Vigil though, since you’re going to be able to line up NV with more CA this way.
Soul of the Forest is a very fun talent to manage. It gives a buff called ‘Astral Insight’, which lasts for quite a long duration, giving you some flexibility when you want to pop it. It makes Eclipse transit time very fast, and I think we’ll get to the point we won’t bother wasting a GCD on an uneclipsed DoT.
Ysera’s Gift is an interesting talent. If you’re at 100% health, it’ll heal someone near you. I’m not sure if this is a smart heal, and it’ll heal OTHERS at 100% health as well, which makes your combat log extremely spammy. Also, it’ll place you in combat as it’ll heal people who are in combat.
Have you had a chance to play on the PTR? What are your thoughts?
Some small quality of life changes have been datamined in 5.4 PTR Build 17124:
- Item – Druid T16 Balance 4P Bonus Every time you enter Solar or Lunar Eclipse, the cooldown of Celestial Alignment is reduced by
- Moonkin Form Shapeshift into Moonkin Form, increasing Arcane and Nature damage you deal by 10%. The Druid cannot cast healing spells while shapeshifted. While in this form, you increase the spell haste of all party and raid members within 100 yards by 5%. The act of shapeshifting frees the caster of movement impairing effects. Can’t be cast in Tree of Life Form. Druid – Balance Spec. 9.3% of Base Mana. Instant.
- Nature’s Swiftness When activated, your next Cyclone, Entangling Roots, Healing Touch, Hibernate, Nourish, Rebirth, or Regrowth becomes instant, free, and castable in all forms. The healing and duration of the spell is increased by 50%. Druid – Restoration Spec. Instant. 60 sec cooldown.
We knew the 60% armor change was coming, it was the consolation for removing 15% damage reduction, but it still kind of sucks.
The 4 piece bonus change is ‘better’, but with the desync of Celestial Alignment from Incarnation, it won’t be as much of a DPS gain as we think.
The only positive note here is that we get Nature’s Swiftness back.