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Official World of Warcraft 3.1 Patch Notes: Druids

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Official World of Warcraft 3.1 Patch Notes: Druids

Post#1 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:38 am



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Post#2 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:25 pm

To reinforce my previous posts on the topic, below are the builds I will be taking for my dual specs.





I'm not an expert on Feral, but if someone familiar with it wants to post their preferred PvE cat and bear specs, I'd be very grateful.



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Post#3 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:20 pm

for your resto build I'm surprised you went 3/3 subtlety but only 4/5 tranquil spir with the Nourish glyph =p

this will likely be my resto build:


anyway, I'm still debating what my feral build will be (kitty dps or feral tank) but here's my possible builds:





Any input esp. on the feral spec(s) are appreciated.

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Post#4 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:22 pm

After a few weeks of 3.1, some observations on Druids.

Balance is in a pretty good spot. It's still easy to go into mana starvation from heavy AoE situations, though, especially without full raid buffs. Blizzard has actually said they expect Boomkins to stack crit over Spirit, which is kind of interesting given current itemization. I'm going to look into this going forward into Ulduar.

Restoration is okay, but has a few issues. The most glaring bug that hasn't been hotfixed or patched is that Wild Growth will always attempt to cast on your current target no matter what mouseover macro or addon you may have directing it elsewhere. Therefore, you have to deselect your current target to be able to cast it somewhere else. The good news is that you can target hostile units with it, and the spell will affect nearby friendly units.

Also worth noting is the mana refund effect of Lifebloom. The patch notes are exactly correct when it says it returns half the base mana cost. This value is not modified by the 20% reduction in cost from Tree of Life, meaning the actual return is well over half. In fact, if you never roll Lifeblooms past the initial three stacks, you'll end up with a net cost of only 30% of base, and you'll get back almost 1500 mana from the bloom of a full stack.

This means that the most mana efficient casting cycle for Restoration is to cast up to 3 Lifeblooms on a single target, wait for them to bloom, then run the stack back up to three again.
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Post#6 » Mon May 04, 2009 8:04 pm

3.1 Best in Slot Boomkin gear, non-hard modes. Whether you are hit capped or not changes several of these choices.

Head: (Razorscale)
Neck: (Malygos)
Shoulders: (Ignis)
Back: (Sartharion +2D)
Chest: (Kologarn)
Wrist: (Kologarn)
Hands: (Mimiron)
Waist: (Crafted)
Legs: (Freya)
Feet: (Crafted)
Finger: (Kel'thuzad)
Finger: (Ignis)
Trinket: (Sartharion)
Trinket: (Razorscale)
MH: (Yogg-Saron)
OH: (Flame Leviathan)
Idol: (Instructor Razuvious)



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Post#7 » Mon May 04, 2009 8:31 pm

More fun. Since Thorns bases its effect on the spellpower of the Druid at the moment it's cast, run up your spellpower with trinket procs and the Illustration and then cast it... with 3.2-3.5K spellpower. :-)



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Post#8 » Wed May 27, 2009 11:08 am

Thorns got ninja nerfed by Blizzard the other day (boo), along with Retribution Aura. The spellpower coefficient was cut approximately in half. While I freely admit that these abilities were a bit OP, I'm trying to figure out how people were coming up with ridiculous numbers like 1K Thorns procs. You'd need over 6K spellpower to get even close to that with the Brambles talent, not counting percentage damage bonuses from other sources...



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