What makes playing your class more fun?
As a resto Druid, I love having a lot of HOTs at my disposal, and would prefer to be even more HOT-based (ie, pre-emptive, not reactive, healing). For example, I’d prefer to see Regrowth be changed to a short-duration hot (perhaps, over 6-8 seconds) that ticks for much more than rejuv that we keep on tanks (or, people being hit hard) that is far too inefficient to otherwise heal with, but have no direct heal component at all, and let Nourish/Healing Touch/Swiftmend be our only direct heals.
As a feral Druid, I like being able to shift between tanking and kitty DPS fairly efficiently (from a mid-fight perspective and while being able to re-using most gear pieces perspective). I wish there were a few more opportunities to be able to tank adds for a period, but then have enough time to switch back to kitty on a boss for long enough to get a 5 point combo finisher, for example. I imagine other tanks would like to be able to switch into a DPS state (stance or presence) and be able to do something similar.
What makes playing your class less fun?
As a healer (and mentioned above at length), Tree of Life form is frustrating to me, and counter-intuitive as a Druid (trying to entice me to spam regrowth and cast Wrath is strange to me). I also don’t like feeling like I have to know where the Haste break points are for my HOTs to get an extra tick, as it requires me researching web-sites outside the game to figure out (I’m not smart enough to calculate them myself). Instead, I think haste should have no impact on HOTs, making it essentially a worthless stat to us, and then rebalance the other stat priorities (ie, buffing crit a little) to compensate.
As feral bear, I don’t like that most of my AoE hits break CC (such as swipe or glyphed Maul)—it often renders CC pulls moot as I can’t silence multiple casters (like the Prot Pally’s can with their shield) and line-of-sight isn’t an option. Not sure if this is the current state for all tanks and all AoE abilities break CCs.
As a feral cat, I don’t like that my “rock crushes scissors” classes in 1v1 PvP can so easily kite me. At least a rogue can cloak to drop DOTs and movement impairments, use evasion, or slowing poison, or something to stay closer. All I have is my one jump move then I’m an easy target. If I can’t get the jump on most casters with another teammate, I feel worthless in those fights. I feel we need a finishing move that adds a hamstring like debuff with duration scaled to our combo points used.
Also, Mushrooms. I hate that AoE ability.
I find it annoying when I accidentally am spamming the Bear version while in Cat form and vice versa.
How do you feel about your “rotation”? (Rotation is the accepted order in which abilities are used to maximum efficiency.)
As a healer, I love it. I feel as though I have a lot of different play-style options (from relying on HOTs to spamming Nourish and Healing Touch). I only wish Tree form didn’t so severely change the rotation.
As a feral bear, it’s fun, too. I feel a little key-spammy, but I’m a dumb bear, so it fits! :)
As a feral cat, it’s okay. I sometimes feel like I’m sitting there waiting for energy too much, but I also might not be doing it right—I rarely play cat in PvE settings.
What’s on your wish list for your class?
I wish Tree of Life was revamped to ANYTHING else from what it is. I’d prefer it to be a permanent form again (even if optional via a Glyph).
I wish Feral Bears were a little more about pre-emptive damage mitigation. For example, I wish I had a way to mitigate incoming magic damage like a DK does, even if during that time I take more physical damage (or vice versa), making tanking feel a little more active rather than hoping your healers are watching your health.
I wish Thorns was more like Earth Shield or Power Word: Shield, etc, and provided a healing benefit (since resto druids are really the only ones who can effectively use it since it breaks forms).
I wish both Skull Bashes were combined into one spell. I find it annoying when I accidentally am spamming the Bear version while in Cat form and vice versa.
What spells do you use the least?
In descending order (least used at top):
Cower (not sure I’ve ever used this)
Soothe (only used in ZA right now, but even then I’m overgeared enough to not need it)
Thorns (I’d use it if it was a damage mitigating ability for the target!)
Stampeding Roar (mostly as a resto druid, though I rarely use it when it’s actually useful when feral, too)
Mushroom (God, I actually hate this ability)
Tree of Life
Hibernate (though, rarely useful in heroics)