Weekend Update 5/7 – Questions
So my WoW weekend was pretty boring – lots of real life stuff got in the way of playing much and when I did it was mostly circling The Blasted Lands looking for Thorium Veins and skinning Helboars! I’ve got my mining around 280 and skinning is at 275, so I’ll be back in Outland pretty soon.
I was posed two very interesting questions this weekend that I thought warranted feedback from this ever-growing Druid community.
Question #1 – I had dinner with a good friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in a while. I turned him on to WoW a while back and while we’ve quested together a few times, I hadn’t seen him online in quite a while. The reason turned out to be he has a fun little experiment going. He, and four of his friends, have all rolled up Horde Druids, have leveled to around level 13, and now plan on leveling the rest of the way to 60 via Instancing only. How fun is that – 5 Druids leveling through 60 only through instances.
So what’s the question? My friend really didn’t ask me any questions, he’s a long time gamer and I’m sure he and his friends can figure this out, but their little plan got me thinking. First – what group composition do you think they should have? Obviously they need at least one healer and one tank, but past that what would you do with five Druids for instancing? As a followup, how successful do you think they will be? Personally, I think they will rock well into their 40s or 50s, but may start having some issues in later stages due to no crowd control. Let me know what you think. My friend (Hi James), and his group are going to start reading the blog, so give them your thoughts.
Question #2 – I got a question via the contact form over the weekend. Ken writes to ask:
“…I used to be 0/30/21 Feral/Resto hybrid. I would be able to tank with around 6k armor, and put out some decent DPS as well, but could also heal very well. I PvP’d a lot back then so it was awesome for that as well. But since they’ve changed the talents around, I was wondering if perhaps you knew of a solid Bear-Healer build? I mean, I’d problably quest in Cat, but on my servers tanks are non existant, and healers are all shadow priests or Elemental Shamen who get forced into the role. Thus i’d like to tank the instances (Hellfire to Crypts), or heal, as needed.”
So what do you think everyone? Is there a viable, post-BC build that would let Ken effectively tank and heal? My experience has been that the gear in BC has forced us more or less into specific roles, and outfit changes are required to switch roles and be effective. So help Ken, and Amanna, understand how to fulfill our hybrid role in a BC environment.
I hope you all had a good weekend. I may post one more time this week, then I’m traveling out of town the rest of the week. Stay tuned though, some big changes are coming and I’m very excited about them…