Friday, April 18, 2008
Top Secret Project #314159: A Confession
Tamaryn, kittycat, druid.
Yes, I can hear you, screaming at your computer monitor, "Whoa whoa whoa, wait a minute!"
"Didn't you roll a horde druid that you got to level ten?"
Yes, yes I did. Then I decided to reroll as an Alliance druid because I wanted to play with my guild.
"You actually got a non-hunter character to level 20?"
Hey, this is my second non-hunter to get to level 20, thankyouverymuch. I have a 21 mage.
"So you decided to make a feral druid?"
Actually no, all my talent points thus far have gone into the Balance tree. The picture shows me in Cat Form cause I just got it and thought it looked fun.
"So you're gonna level Moonkin?"
Yup, I figured it was the best bet if I wanted to be able to solo decently efficiently while still having a strong mana pool for times when I'd want to jump into a healing role. Endgame I think I'm gonna either stay moonkin, or more likely, switch to tree, because I really want to give healing a serious try.
"Wait... did you just say... endgame...?"
Yes. Yes I did. I'm being serious when I say I'm leveling this character. And thus far this is the only non-hunter class that has been able to hold my interest for a decent amount of time.
Here's the deal, basically I decided that I wanted to try playing a "hybrid" class that would allow me to heal, or, with the proper reshuffling of gear and talent points-- tank, for my guild. That gave me two options: paladin and druid. In the end it came down to whether I wanted a reliable rez or whether I wanted to be able to turn into stuff, and being able to turn into stuff won out. (Not to mention I have a horribly hard time trying to get into paladins. I just can't do it... I don't know why!)
How am I liking the class so far? To be honest I've been having a lot of fun with it. It's fun to be able to cast at stuff and then when you're running low on mana, switch to bear or cat and start swiping at things. It's fun to be able to run around and give people buffs (hunter pets are always buffed. Always.) Perhaps one of my favorite things is that it's an all new challenge for me. Running into quests that are orange or red to me with one of my hunters is challenging and it's fun to take on that challenge; but trying to do the same with my druid is even more challenging, partially because I'm still learning about the class. I felt so proud of myself today trying to complete some collect-the-mushrooms quest in a cave in Darkshore. There was one last mushroom that I had to get that was surrounded by three guys all at my level, one of which healed. I popped an armor elixir, cast Regrowth on myself, hopped into Bear Form and ran into the fray. A healing potion, a couple healing spells, and a whole lotta Mauling and Swiping later, I'd finished the quest and was /dancing all over the cave.
That's really the beauty of the class so far-- you can change your style of play based on what you feel like doing. Feel like casting? You can. Feel like tanking? You can. Feel like being a rogue? You can. Feel like healing? Yep, you can do that too. Granted, this does leave out "feel like being a hunter?", which is my favorite type of character, but hey... nobody's perfect. And running around in Cat Form sorta feels like a perpetual Eyes of the Beast.
I have no idea how much longer I'll be able to feel like a true hybrid before I realize that my feral skills are falling farther and farther behind because I'm spec'ing and gearing myself up like a mage, but in the meantime, it's fun. There is a "MoonkinForLife" in my guild who told me he leveled up to 30 with no problems using Cat Form, even as Balance, so that's encouraging.
Oh and for the record, I still like hunters the best and this is always gonna be a hunter blog. =P My hunterness, I feel, extends beyond the game whereas donning the druid costume for a couple hours does not.
That said, I'm having Writer's Block lately. Ask me hunter questions so I can answer them. Dooooo iiiiiiit!