This came from a discussion with Brokentree last night. So blame him!
Let’s assume for a moment that, for whatever reason you care to name, the developers are set on removing Tree of Life as a distinct, always on form in Cataclysm.
So, your new Restoration Druid default would be to heal in the caster form of your chosen race. Which, in Cataclysm, will include more than just Night Elves and Tauren.
Would Worgen Trees pee on themselves? Just a thought.
Okay, so there you are, healing as a Resto Druid in caster form.
To make the playerbase happy, they add a Glyph of the Tree, which allows you to appear in Tree of Life form all the time, perhaps based on points in the Restoration Talent Tree, if you choose.
So you could heal as a caster, or as a Tree.
But then you’ve got your spell, the spell Ghostcrawler spoke of adding, the spell that is on cooldown, and when activated does nice things for your healing.
What about calling that spell something like “Spirit of the Ancients”, and when you activate it, instead of going into the current Tree of Life form, you temporarily grow into a much larger Ancient form, such as you see patrolling in Darnassus and environs?
That way, both casters and Trees get to have their favorite healing form all the time, but no matter who they are, when they activate the “Spirit of the Ancients”, they both get a shiny new buff.
And the models are already in the system! Bonus!
I, being the Bear that I am, have already done the work of planning the most obvious jokes in advance, macroing in the following statements when activating Spirit of the Ancients;
“Doing all this healing is giving me massive wood!”
“I’m sporting tremendous wood!”
“Don’t be afraid, I’m just happy to see you.”
Props go to Stonedrake for commenting in the previous thread about adding an Ancient form… clearly, great minds think alike.