So, that’s it, goodbye

To my treeform, I heal therefore I shapeshift!  Dammit Blizz, give me back my treeform, I’ve not logged into warcrack since 4.0.1 dropped (I’m not sure the realms are up yet) but I’m missing my proper healing form already.

The only plus is that MMO Champ have datamined some new TOL forms from the current beta build, so finally Blizz give us a new model and then tell us that we can only have it for 30 seconds at a time.

Gee, thanks.

Now that’s done let’s have a look, on the plus side we’re seeing the new shiny, more polygons, more detail, generally better in that regard.  It’s not a friendly free, hell it looks even grumpier than the previous form.  It’s falling in with the Ancient model so there’s some consistency across the land of druids but I’m not entirely convinced.  For starters it looks like it’s a hunchback, while I can see some logic to a top heavy design (have a look at an oak or any similar tree, all of the ‘size’ is at the top) this seems a little ‘odd’ in the balance of the form.  It’s too solidly top heavy for my tastes.

However we know that the first model mined out of a build isn’t always the final version, so we can only hope this is a first (if somewhat complete) stab at a new form and that they’re planning on a minor glyph for those who wish to retain tree form while healing.

[Edit: Larísa over at the Pink Pigtail Inn has a good point I hadn’t thought of, this is a change in the mechanics for PvP, though I have to admit that I rarely used ToL in battlegrounds anyway as it’s enough of a “Oi! Kill Me!” flag to be standing at the back waving your hands without being a tree, but for some people this will be a good mechanic change]

Adventures in fur

Enough guildies on for a change (the summer interfers with WoW something terribble) to get a few non-pug heroics rolling.  One of which was with my new bear spec, I’m settling into the role better now, starting to work out the best ways to pull.  How to quickly grab aggro on packs and which cooldowns to blow and when.  Oh feral charge, how I love thee, can I have it on my tankadin?

Anyway, I think I only lost aggro a few times on packs where suicide storm was in use (no surprise there, I can’t front load the AoE threat in the same way as the paladin can), single target there was no problem at all.  I suspect I have more work to do on neatening up the rotation / knowing priority orders for the abilities for max threat.

I still prefer my paladin for tanking, he’s where I’m most comfortable and experienced, but knowing how bears build aggro, how long it takes to properly collect mobs is all good information for future reference (in all three major roles).

The tree spec is still my primary pugging spec simply because he’s massively overgeared and can deal with morons more effectively, though I will ‘forget’ to heal a DPS who keeps pulling aggro.  You keep pulling it, you want to be a tank, better hope your dps is enough to nuke it before the distance gap is closed.