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I pulled an interesting letter out of the knothole in the tree today. A fellow druid needs our help. In her own words:
“Amanna,I’ve been reading your blog for quite awhile now via RSS and I must say I do enjoy your perspective on things (BRK led me your way once upon a time). My druid is not quite out of her 50’s yet, but I’ve had a lot of fun leveling her up using a mostly feral build (some resto, for OoC and the heal thru).
Anyway, I’ve come to a decision that I’m a bit ambivalent about. My husband and I are finally catching up to the rest of our real life friends we play/guild with. He plays a pally and I have my druid to add to the mage, warlock and hunter that they bring to the table. We need to decide which one of us will be healing and which will be tanking.
My history is in healers – my main in EQ1 was a cleric (and a damn fine one at that) and I’ve had a healer in almost every MMO I’ve played. I picked the druid class mostly because I wanted choices about how I played her – now that a choice has come I’m having a terrible time. At the moment we’re looking at him tanking (which really does fit his playstyle better) and me healing and probably working a balance/resto spec. Of course this means I need to start working on a new set of gear (my current int gear is pretty weak, but I rarely use it) and a new spec, so before I start spending I thought I’d solicit some advice.
I know you’re a straight feral druid – but I also know you have a lot of druid readers who may have more experience with other builds/playstyles. I didn’t want to post this on the WoW druid forums because I dislike the negativity that tends to flow from it. Did you know that every single class sucks? But back to the point … I was hoping you could perhaps ask your readers what a good balance/resto build might be – one that is still viable for soloing and doesn’t turn me into a squishie!
Thanks in advance,
You’re right Halite – I’m a “straight” feral (which means absolutely no hanky-panky with moonkin; not that there’s anything wrong with that…), but I have healed before. Us druids are great healers and I one time healed a group through Shattered Halls in my feral gear (not that I’d recommend that approach). In our guild pallies seem to fill more healing roles than tanking roles, but then again we don’t have an abundance of Priests or Resto Druids. On the other hand, our guild leader is a tanking Paladin and is awesome.
I think your assessment is correct though when you decide that you and your husband should play what you enjoy. I find that goes a long way. I too love the flexibility of being a Druid, but I don’t particularly care for healing. I also agree with you on the forum negativity – I hardly ever check out the forums, which is a darn shame.
So, what can we do for Halite fellow Druids? I know you’re out there – let’s give a little Druid love to her and share your thoughts with her on being a Druid healer heading towards TBC?
I was able to finish up a piece of my mini-site for enhancements research, so I figured I’d publish it before my week-long break and get some feedback.
You should see a new page listed at the top of the blog now – Buffing Up. Click the link to get an overview of what I’m trying to accomplish with this section. Basically, I’ll be giving you lots of different views into the various items beyond gear that can augment your stats and effectiveness during gameplay. Specifically, Buffing Up will have three sections: Consumables, Enchantments and Gems.
Probably most of the stuff you’ll find is things you already know about, or maybe you’ll find a little surprise you weren’t aware of. Either way, I find myself continually researching ways to enhance particular stats or slots, so I thought there might be some value in putting all those searches in one place.
The Enchantments section is open for business, and I’d like your feedback. Is this useful? What have I forgot? What should be done differently? Really – you won’t hurt my feelings, let me know what you think (although a little praise now and then feels pretty good too…). I’ve turned off comments on the pages in this new section, so give me your feedback via this post, or the contact form on the About page.
I sincerely hope this is of value to you, and I hope to build out the other two pages soon.