Announced Druid Changes in 3.1!

February 5, 2009 by

Blizzard are changing a few classes in the much anticipated 3.1 patch – Druids are one of those classes.

  • Savage Defense – this is a new passive ability. When a druid in Dire Bear form deals a melee critical strike, the druid gains a damage shield equal to 25% of their attack power. The next hit completely removes the shield regardless of how much damage was done.
  • Survival of the Fittest has had its bonus armor reduced to compensate for the above increase in damage mitigation.
  • Faerie Fire (and similar debuffs) now reduces armor by 5%. See Sunder Armor in the warrior update below for additional details.
  • Thorns and Nature’s Grasp can be cast in Tree of Life form.
  • Survival Instincts now works in Moonkin form.
  • Replenish – to avoid confusion, this talent has been renamed “Revitalize.” It now also works with Wild Growth.
  • We are also looking at increasing the sustained (not burst) damage of feral druids in cat form.

As you can see, so far every aspect of Druid has had a small (or large) change. Feral seems to be the tree-to-be however, especially with Savage Defence – it sounds like a wonderful new tanking move. I don’t know much about Tanking as a Druid, but I’ll get Cablin to give some input.

Restoration-wise, I’m happy. Not over-whelmed, or excited – but happy in a content way. Nature’s Grasp and Thorns in Tree from? Hurray! It wasn’t something that I really wanted, but it was an annoyance. Nature’s Grasp will come in pretty handy in those times where Cab isn’t tanking, and I need to run from aggro. The Replenish-rename is something that wasn’t really bothering me either. I guess I ran around with my eyes shut most of the time…

To see all of the class changes on the Blue thread, click here.

Here there be Dragons.

February 5, 2009 by

The newest member of the family.

Yep, we ran Heroic Stratholme again. We actually got the time limit, and some lucky Resto Druid got the roll! Now we have to run it for Cablin, fingers crossed he’s as lucky with his rolls as I am with mine.

Achievement Spam?

February 5, 2009 by

Taking Heartstation’s lead on Dating an Infested Root-Walker, we decided to complete those annoying Achievements that involves leveling your Unarmed skill, and then 3 other weapon skills, to 400.

I hit him with staves, daggers, my puny fists...

This poor fellow… I hit him with my fists, then an old stave, then an old dagger… To finish him off, I hit him with my current Epic mace. He went out with style. I did feel rather barbaric, hitting one of my own kind – even if he was a little infested…

Whats in a Title?

February 3, 2009 by

Around 4 hours of grinding Gnome and Draenei reputation, thats what. I still have a fairly big list of the factions I want at Exalted, so I think I’ll be a while. It passes time between patches!

Cablin and myself got our swanky new Ambassador titles today (well; he got his last night) and also unlocked all the Alliance racial mounts. Its a nice step forward, especially at this point where the guild is pretty much steamrollering content as fast as they are.

On that note, my poor little Restoration Druid went Balance for a few raids. Its such a big change, though I’ll admit I did have fun. We lacked a little DPS for a night, so I went ahead and respecced and became the Battlechicken. I didn’t do too bad, considering I had my Restoration Glyphs and Equipment… Quite proud of myself. I still missed my tree however, and scuttled back into the Restoration talents ASAP. I think healing is my niche. I’m not comfortable unless I’m healing, especially now Cablin is tanking. Protectiveness? Maybe. Bears need love too!

I promise a picture post soon – we just arrived at Cablin’s house, so no graphics ready as yet!

Cablin:

(What she hasn’t mentioned is we have been hiding away on our horde characters after the raid 😉 The scary thing is, we’re both enjoying it!)

Gallery Update!

January 31, 2009 by

thestaff

New art has been uploaded into the gallery! I commissioned the artist before Christmas, and I’m so happy with the result! I’m a role-player at heart, and I love the way she’s given Gwyn her own little piece of character. Thank you! I love art work, and this piece is just amazing!

Check the gallery for the full piece, as well as some others that have been uploaded recently!

In other news, we’ve been farming achievements with Sevarash and Sarazein, two Guildies who we’ve known for a couple of years now; we’ve done most of the Outland dungeons now. It wasn’t hard, just a little bit infuriating… I’ve done those instances millions of times, so running them again was a bit of a bore.

I made my Guildies very happy by hitting 400 Inscription tonight, meaning I can make Darkmoon Cards of the North. Lets hope I can make the right ones, and help some friends get trinkets! Cablin also dropped Herbalism and Enchanting the other night, preferring to take up Skinning and Leatherworking. Its working his way so far, he hit 400 Leatherworking and maxed his Skinning a few minutes ago… He’s now waiting for kits to sell and for the gold so slowly trickle in!