Dec 23, 2008

Druid love, druid woe

Kalon stirred up lots of feelings with his "druids are op" post.  I read it with a mixture of sick fascination and horror combined with blankly nodding, as it's all stuff I've heard from my former guild's other bears.

The entire druid tanking experience is so subjective, reading opinions like those shared by Kalon or B^4 or Karthis or Currant or Jac makes my head spin.  

In my (former) raiding guild there were three raiding bears, all similarly geared. I loved to tank, the other two preferred uber cat dps. And since 3.0.1 I've all but abandoned my druid (I even specced balance to try and have some fun with my class again) because I had such a negative reaction to the changes blizzard was building into my tank, and my tanking.

Post 3.0.1 I constantly check in with those former guild bears, and while one crows about his dps and how easy tanking is, the other... I saw as a tree the other day I think, though that was probably due to the healer shortage.  

I'm a tank at heart, which means as a resto shammy I drive my tanks to distraction, but I am not happy with AoE tanking, sloppy dps, and the mana restrictions in this new expansion. But that's just me.

I know other druids like to tank now. But I'll stick to healing my guild paladin tank with my shammy, or destroying things as enhancement. Until I like what Blizzard has done to my druid.

Dec 18, 2008

Getting Started

So I've set up shop here to blog about the fun times to be had in World of Warcraft (Wrath of the Lich King).  You may want to know a little bit about me, perhaps? I'm an alliance addict. I can't help it. My main is Valkure, draenai shaman, my previous main and new alt is Lheaf, druid, and my extra alt-distraction is Zarixaanu, draenai priest. I do own a horde blood elf paladin but she's been level 10 for a year. I don't have high expectations for her.

I've invested just over a year in the Sentinels-US server and I like knowing the number of people there. Lheaf used to be my main, and I was the main Off Tank in my guild's 25man and 10man raids. During the pre-wrath raid lull and after a disagreement with my guild leader which left me guildless, I dinged 70 with my enhancement shaman, and quickly with my ret pally level buddy hit 80 in Northrend. I'm now a resto shaman main in a small 10-man raiding guild, with a tank's/raid leader's attitude. (Yeah, you probably feel sorry for my guildmates. I do too, a lot.)

So there's my introduction!  Most of my blog feeds are from druid blogs, sadly because I really miss tanking with her, but I simply don't enjoy playing the druid with the level of uncertainty about what the hell Blizzard is doing to them.  I do love my shaman though, both as enhancement as I learn to up my dps abilities, and as resto, despite the stress of healing heroic five mans and regular ten mans when it seems no one tries to make chain heal easier!

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