Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time on my Priest(ess). Yes, Niq has made his not-so-butch priest Junius into a lady elf named… Niqqi. Anywhoodle, it’s been so much fun playing on a different character, especially one I thought I would never play seriously again. Having the freedom to swap between Holy and Discipline, which changes the whole experience, is a nice change of pace from the HoTness of a druid.
When Cataclysm was coming up and the subject of “main alts” was brought up, Cosmopolitan was my automatic first choice. He had been my Healer-gone-Tank-back-to-Heals-for-the-weekend-runs alt and RP character for quite a while. Longer than I’d ever had a serious raiding alt. But the Cataclysm really changed it for me. Not to say that I QQ’d because paladin tanking/healing was hard ( I actually have a good friend who lets me pick her brain about Prot) but the healing part was just a little overwhelming. New resource, new spells, new stat priorities. At least with the druid, I knew all the spells already and the function was pretty similar.
Cosmo was still the first alt leveled to 85 after Niq, but my interest really fizzled after about a week of play. So then I just left him and my other alts be…. until a month or so ago.
One day, I worked up the nerve to log onto my priest and try to rekindle the spark that died 2 years ago. At first it was difficult, I knew nothing of the class other than what I read in patch notes briefly. i tried first leveling as disc with the “smite spam” method, but it felt too slow so I did what I couldn’t do the first 2 times on this and my previous priest. I went Shadow to level. Oh em god, so fast! Long and boring story short, the Priest(ess) is now level 85 and I’ve begun raiding on my off-nights with a smaller, more casual guild. Happy time!
Someday I may pick the paladin back up, but for now he’s strictly RP. The patrons of the Wyvern’s Tail seem to enjoy him too much for his attention to go elsewhere. I’ll have to tell the story of how he got his nickname “Bad hair Day”, but that’s for another time.
Late druid news:
Efflorescence and Tranquility changes…
- Efflorescence has been redesigned. It creates a healing zone at the feet of a Swiftmend target, but this healing zone now restores health equal to 4/8/12% of the amount healed by Swiftmend to the three most injured targets within 8 yards, every 1 second for 7 seconds. This periodic effect now also benefits from spell haste, but the individual ticks cannot be critical effects. In addition, Living Seed is no longer a prerequisite talent for Efflorescence.
- Druids now innately have 100% pushback protection from damage while channeling Tranquility.
- Malfurion’s Gift now reduces the cooldown of Tranquility by 2.5/5 minutes.
Something for the Trolls:
- The troll druid models for Flight Form and Swift Flight Form has slimmed down to be more in scale with other druid flight forms.
The changes to efflo looked kind of scary at a glance. Only going to heal 3 targets at a time!? But haste will contribute to tics and it’s no longer “gimped” for +6 players in the area-of-effect. Inability to crit is a sacrifice I’m sure many of us are willing to take. Also, the fact that we are no longer tied to Living Seed is fantastic. Depending on your current spec, you could divide those 3 talents from LS to Blessing of the Grove/Nature’s Bounty/Nature’s Swiftness (if you’re one of “those” druids who didn’t take it already). 3 Points of freedom, yum. Who knows, maybe people will leave those points in LS, but I plan on moving them around.
Flight form change for bats, YAY!
Brief note about my personal life, work is in full swing and time is short, but I will do my best to keep The Grove alive. There’s going to be a lot to share with the new patch coming up and I hope to not be so late next time.
It was a rough weekend, I was not able to sleep in past 10:30 on Saturday or Sunday morning so booo sunshine! I did get to change my bedding back to my summer sheets. I got yellow sheets (the actual sheet part I don’t even use) so go with the light blue comforter/pillow to remind me of living in Florida, when the beach was only 30 minutes away. D:
Toad LeFrog seems to be enjoying the change of scenery. No pillow for me tonight I guess.
How do you feel about the changes to Efflorescence? Tranquility? Have any alts surprised you lately with how fun and interesting they are? Leave a comment and let me know.