I finally broke down and made a real bank alt character and am in the process of shifting the bank duties from my night elf druid to the new sucker.
Since my leveling pattern was already screwed over by my leveling-by-cooking/fishing, I’ve decided that dungeons will be the main method for leveling the druid. I’ll quest while in queue, but this is not the character that I will thoroughly experience the Alliance side of the post-Cataclysm world.
I plan on dual speccing balance – resto at 30, and am leveling as balance until I get there.
Druidic issues at level 21:
1 – ZOMG where is my mana regen?!?!?! The rest of the party is chain pulling and I’m rifling through my bags looking for anything I can drink. I will squeeze water out of Spongy Morels if I have to, just give me mah manas! (I did just get to drop two points into Moonglow, which I hope alleviates some of the problem.)
2 – But that brings me to issue number two: WANT ALL THE TALENT POINTS. First tier has spell haste, reduced cast times on prime spells, and increased crit. Yes, please.
Second tier has DoT duration increase, mana cost reduction, and damage increase rolled up with the hit-from-spirit talent. Yes, please.
Third tier, I can’t even reach yet and I’m drooling. Mana regen, crit chicken benefits, and make-my-Starsurge-better. Yes, please.
I really need to find a leveling spec to figure out what’s best because almost every talent looks tasty.
3 – I’ve got all these great talents, some cool spells, but I’m not 100% sure that I’m druiding correctly. In a dungeon, assuming that the mob will stay alive longer than 10 seconds:
- I’m placing priority on getting my DoTs up (Moonfire and Insect Swarm).
- If I am in an Eclipse state, I cast the appropriate spell (Starfire or Wrath) as denoted by the pretty, sparkly border. (Blizzard says, “Push this one, dummy!”).
- If I am not in an eclipse state, I cast Starsurge if it is not on cooldown. (I have a tendency to forget which phase I’m heading for in between pulls and this is a helpful reminder of “Go solar, dummy!” or “Go lunar, dummy!”)
- If Starsurge is not available, I cast Starfire or Wrath, depending on which direction I think I’m supposed to go.
4 – I don’t feel exactly “squishy” while solo, but I don’t feel very confident that I can take down multiple mobs if the shit hits the fan. My cast time on Entangling Roots is ghastly long. I have no stuns, no interrupts, no purges/cleanses. I’ve got Thorns. Big whoop-de-doo. I imagine I could swap forms for survival, but as I don’t spend a lot of time in bear or cat, I would probably lose more time trying to figure out what was where doing what on my bars before I could respond to the threat with anything more than a string of profanity.
I’m actually not certain why I enjoy playing this character, but she’s the highest level out of my bizzarro stable. So I guess I’ll continue to flounder around with all this eclipse business. We’ll see how much I enjoy balance when I have to be in the chicken suit.