Ask the Devs #1 - Questions

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Welcome to the World of Warcraft "Ask the Devs" global Q&A. In this thread we'll be collecting questions from you to have answered by our developers. We'll be asking for your question each time a new Ask the Devs Questions thread goes up, having the community vote on them, and posting the answers we receive approximately one week later.

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What happened to the other thread like this? Are the answers on there way?

Also: Why did you remove Eyes of the Beast when it was an actually situationally pretty cool ability

But you kept eagle eye in...?
Is the Holy Paladin mastery going to remain as is, or will it see a change in the future?
Will the "Heroic" 5 man versions of ZG and ZA have epic drops from every boss on a daily reset or only the final boss like WOTLK heroics?
Will you merge the Ghostlands and Eversong Woods to the actual azeroth?
With the upcoming change to cyclone duration, it's becoming less and less worth using predatory strikes instant cyclones on any target with diminishing returns. This is revealing the high cost of global cooldowns of shifting for feral druids. A second cyclone would CC a target for 2.5 seconds, but require 3 seconds of GCD for the feral.

Is there a possibility of receiving reduced global cooldowns for shapeshifting (or any other changes along those lines), or is it not a concern at this moment?
Concerning game atmosphere, what do you think can be done (or is there anything you plan on doing) in boosting overall game morale, attitudes, etc, in attempt to repair what many consider to be a poor community?
Is there any plans to change some of the warlocks clunky mechanics like shadow embrace in the affliction tree?
Where is the Shendralar exalted Feat of Strength we were promised? 4.1 is on the PTR and there is no sign of it.
Are you guys comfortable with Feral Druids mobility after the shapeshifting change?

As a Boomkin who likes to PvP a lot, I have always had difficulty with casting my spells, especially in a lunar eclipse, due to long cast times. Thus, shooting stars was a blessing that gave me a rare chance to be quite useful, and now Starsurge is being nerfed. I can actually understand and see why Starsurge is being nerfed, but it really hurts one of the few benefits the spec has.

So my question is really, are there any plans to compensate for this nerf elsewhere? Very much like the aimed shot nerf on hunters also having the Aspect of the Hawk compensation, and so on. Boomkin really is struggling and we're taking nerfs also as a result of Feral previously being good, and Resto remaining one of the best PvP specs, so I'm just hoping we might get compensation.
Are there any plans on updating character casting animations say different animation for different spells and possible attack animations aswell?
Also, is there any plans on making it more noticeable when you you catch a fish when fishing, rather then just a (really low)sound and bobble dipping?

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