Tinderhoof

Sep 142011
 

I have seen several posts from other Druid bloggers about the feedback they gave on this thread.  I figured I would throw my own 2 cents in.

  • What type of content do you focus on? [PvE/PvP/Both]
    • PVE
  • If PvE, what type of PvE? [Heroics/Raids/Other]
    • 25 man heroic raiding
  • What are your biggest quality-of-life issues?
    • The inability to change targets quickly/efficiently.  When Ferals have to quickly change targets we are often energy starved with lots of combo points sitting on the pervious target.  While we can use SR before we begin building points on the new target it is very expensive (25 energy) and we may have just refreshed it.  This leaves us in a hole when starting on the new target and will make our long ramp up even longer.
    • Feral Faire Fire is on the spell hit table still.  It kind of takes the flow away when being melee hit capped during our opening ramp up and I have 2 FFF misses in a row.  This just steals GCD’s when they are needed most.
    • The inability to switch between AOE and Single Target rotations.  Because Swipe is so expensive (45 energy) just 2 swings will deplete a full energy bar.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t think swipe needs a buff, it’s just fine.  I would just like to see the damage and energy scaled down a bit so I have a little more freedom to choose between the rotations given sudden encounter changes.
    • Skull bash costs too much energy.  Pooling 25 energy lowers my dps output considerably while all other melee classes can use theirs for free or with considerably less resources.
    • Positional requirement.  There were some changes to the Fixed location bosses to widen the degrees that we could shred in.  While this was nice, the benefit is completely negated any time the bosses moves or targets someone other than a tank for an ability.  Mangle isn’t a good back up ability as it cannot extend Rip and does considerably less damage.
  • What makes playing your class more fun?
    • I love the flexibility that Feral DPS gives.  I have been able to do several jobs including off tanking and a few Hero bear moments.
    • Awesome mobility.  I am able to get places faster, help others get there faster and I very decent gap closer.
  • What makes playing your class less fun?
    • It sometimes feels like our mastery is at odds with the rest of our tool box.  With several nerfs to bleeds and buffs to direct damage there sometimes feels like a disconnect between physical damage tools and bleed damage tools (ie mastery)
    • See quality of life issues
  • How do you feel about your “rotation”? (Rotation is the accepted order in which abilities are used to maximum efficiency.)
    • I like the rotation.  It is complex and enjoyable to maintain as well as to tweak for different situations.
  • What’s on your wish list for your class?
    • I had an idea about making use of combo points before a target switch.  Rogues have Redirect on a 1 minute cooldown to let them move combo points to a new target.  What if Ferals could activate an ability that would consume all the current combo points on the target, but would proc the Stampede buff.  A free ravage on a new target to give a little short term burst and get quick combo points up on the new target.  Damage for the Ravage could scale based on how many combo points were consumed.  This ability can only be used on life targets.
    • Move FFF off the spell hit cap.
    • Modify Brutal Impact to also lower the energy cost of Skull Bash.
    • Allow Mangle to extend Rip if attacking from the front.
    • Reduce the damage and energy cost of swipe proportionally.
  • What spells do you use the least?
    • Claw

 

Links to Other blogger/theorycrafter feedback posts (Thanks to Lissanna from Restokin for the list):

 

  1. Murmurs (Tyler Caraway of wowinsider) – Moonkin post: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3123249662?page=11#201
  2. Reesi (of the Inc Bear & Team Waffle) – Feral post: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3123249662?page=2#28
  3. Arielle (of the Inc Bear & Team Waffle) – Feral Post: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3123249662?page=1#19
  4. Beruthiel (of falling leaves & wings) – Resto Post:  Resto post: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3123249662?page=31#616
  5. Derwent (of  Feraltree) – Resto post: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3123249662?page=7#132
  6. Garnaph (of Restokin) – EU Feral Post: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2624978483?page=16#302
  7. Talon (of Think Tank) – http://wowthinktank.blogspot.com/2011/09/druidfeedback-for-devs.html
  8. Lissanna (of Restokin) – http://www.restokin.com/2011/09/druid-class-feedback-resto-edition/ and http://www.restokin.com/2011/09/druid-class-feedback-moonkin-edition/
  9. Konungr (Our forums) – http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3123249662?page=7#134

 

 

Jun 282011
 

There are few things in the feral  repertoire I can think of that have caused as much vitriol on blogs and forums then the positional requirement of shred.  Pretty much at the start of every expansionand the weeks leading up to every major content patch the posts begin to fly demanding the removal of the positional requirement, or defending it.  T11 has been likely the most extreme example of this as we had to deal with several bosses that presented greater then average difficulty to be able to shred consistently.  The good news is that Blizzard has heard the issues and are taking steps to ease the difficulty required for our most potent single target attack.

  • Now there are some encounters where the positional penalty is just too extreme. In 4.2 we have the ability to make the “back” of a boss encompass 240 degrees, and we have done so for bosses like Magmaw, Sinestra and Ragnaros. Furthermore, there are fights where Killing Spree and Feral Charge just kill you. That obviously isn’t acceptable. We have manually added some safeguards to try and manually solve a few encounters, such as Magmaw, but even that isn’t bulletproof and we are investigating more robust and global solutions. But it’s technically challenging given the diversity of our encounters. 
     


This is an all around win for us.  While it might have been nice to have these changes come in a little sooner, it’s nice to know that going forward we are not likely to have to deal with another encounter like Al’Akir.

Note:

While I have you here I wanted to take an opportunity to talk for a minute about a new area of the Fluid Druid Forums.  The Raid Strategies section in the Kitty DPS forums is now open for business!  Please feel free to post questions or tips and tricks you have learned during your experiences raiding in the new tier.  Have a cool way of using Feral Charge?  Post it up.  Getting stuck with a mechanic you can’t seem to get around?  Ask how some of our experts handle the situation.  Have a cool video from a feral prospective?  Show it off!  I will be collecting tips, tricks, videos and faq’s and regularly updating the first post of each thread.  So get cracking and best of luck in The Firelands!

May 282011
 

Hi everyone.  I am very excited to have this opportunity to be here and talk to you all.  Many of you may have seen me hanging out in the forums for a while but I figured it was about time I stepped out in a more public way and see what I can give back to this amazing community.  I think that to be able to fully explain why I am here I should tell you the story of how I got into raiding.

I first started playing in mid 2008 right in the middle of the Burning Crusade.  I chose to roll druid because I would be able to play a cow (huge fan of Cairne from WC3) and a friend told me druids could do just about any type of role in the game.  I leveled up to 70 with some local friends and thought I would try my hand at tanking for their raiding group.

I believe my first raiding experience can be summed up in two words, “You Suck!”.  Or at least those were the two words a good friend of mine had used to describe the night I had just had tanking Karazhan for the first time.  I was a little stunned as this was coming from the friend who had been encouraging me to play a bear the whole time I was leveling.  “You would make a great tank” had been thrown around a few times.  As I recovered from my shock she went on, “The other officers asked me to talk to you about what is going on.  Your TPS is really low for a bear.”  “TPS?”  “Yeah, Threat Per Second.  As a bear you should be going crazy, but you don’t seem to be able to hold anything.  What addon are you using to track your threat?”  “Addon?”  I am sure you can see were this was going.  I was a full on inexperienced, keyboard turning, click every ability, Nub.  Now because this was a very close friend who I know wasn’t just being a jerk it made me realize I was missing something.  The two things which define me as a gamer are, 1.  I hate losing, and 2.  I can’t stand not knowing something.  Because no one else in the guild had any experience with playing a druid I was on my own.

The next day I started a seach for how to “Do feral right”.  I came upon the blog that would totally change my Warcraft exerience forever.  The blog was “Of Teeth and Claws” written by Karthis.  The amount of information he had on his site was amazing.  There were awesome articles about gearing, the threat rotation (single target and multi target), and UI modification.  Karthis was my first intro to a very large Druid community that I had no idea even existed.  While being much farther advanced in content then most of his readers he always took time to answer even the smallest questions.  I devoured all of the content I could from the site, and made a lot of changes to how I played.  The next week in Kara was a totally different experience.  I ended up pulling Moroes off our Warrior tank (something I am super proud of to this day).  In the weeks that followed that I was further exposed to other awesome feral bloggers,  Flyv of Flyv’s Warcraft blog and Kalon of Think Tank (we know him here as Felhoof).  Using the information I gained from these blogs I continued to push myself to be better.  By the time Wrath had come out I had completed all of Tier 4, 5/6 SSC, 3/4 TK in Tier 5, and 6/9 in BT.   Not the most amazing progress but I was very happy with it.  I continued to progress through Wraith, trying my hand at both Boomkin and Kitty and having success at both.  By this time Karthis and Flyv had retired from wow, and Kalon was stepping back to be with his family.  That was when I discovered Alaron and The Fluid Druid.  I have pretty much been lurking around the site and the forums ever since.

This game has given me years of joy and I have met many friends here.  Without all of the patient, helpful and just all around amazing folks in the Druid community I would not be in the spot I am now (which I think is a pretty darn good one).  I feel compelled to give back to the community that has given me so much.  So please feel free to ask questions, it doesn’t matter how small.  Even if I don’t know the answer I am pretty sure I could find someone who will know.  Thanks a lot everyone!