So, the 4.1 changes so far:
- Cyclone duration has been reduced to 5 seconds, down from 6.
- Lifebloom‘s bloom effect has been reduced by 20%. In addition, it now costs 11% of base mana, up from 7%.
- Stampeding Roar‘s duration has been increased to 8 seconds, up from 6. The movement speed effect has been increased to 60%, up from 40%.
- Swipe (Bear) cooldown has been reduced to 3 seconds, down from 6.
- (Death Knight) Raise Ally has been redesigned to be a battle resurrection, analogous to Rebirth. It is instant cast, but costs 50 Runic Power to use, and has a 10-minute cooldown. It shares the same global battle resurrection cap with Rebirth and Soulstone.
Let’s recap. For PvE, feral druids needed a slight damage bump, a quicker rotation ramp-up, a tweak to Ferocious Bite, and better AoE. (Fixing the latter problems will likely fix the first.) For PvP, druids needed a survivability/mitigation increase to compensate for the inability to self-break snares. (Among with many other things, but this is the glaring one.)
Instead, we got: 1) a nerf to our primary PvP control mechanism; 2) a nerf to our healing in PvP (Resto druids typically don’t let LB bloom; however, with the ToL change, this may be directed at druids rolling LB in ToL); and 3) a further reason for a 10-man to bench a feral druid for a DK. Meanwhile, the Stampeding Roar buff doesn’t fix the main problem, which is the energy cost (for cats) and range. At least the bear Swipe change is nice, and a good solution to bear AoE issues. On balance, the first round of proposed changes are definitely not persuading me that Blizzard is understanding the issues we’ve been trying to communicate.
– My guild and I suffered through a 0.2% and a 1% wipe on Cho’gall on Sunday. Bah! Bah I say!
– My column hasn’t disappeared from WoWI – just some technical difficulties with screenshots. Should be up soon.
– I definitely don’t PvP at a high level, but I enjoy reading the discussions of those who do. Definitely give this post by Reygahnci about feral PvP a look, and add his blog to your feedreaders.