Just a few Feral Druid notes on the Paris Worldwide Invitational

Okay, so I know there is a lot of news coming out, and as we are still a LONG way away from Wrath being released, I am not going to try to analyze stuff… yet.

But just in case you haven’t seen it yet, and so you know it’s out there so you can go look for more info, here are some of the things said at the Blizzard World Wide Invitationaal about Feral Druids…

First, there WILL be a brand new Dire Cat form with a new model, AND there will be a new model for Dire Bear form.

A panelist said that, when asked about changing the appearance of the skins for Druid forms, that they are thinking maybe, but they are afraid of community outcry, after the unanticipated rage they experienced over changes they made to Rogue Stealth animations in previous patches.

So, MAYBE they are thinking of changing the forms to a more beautiful appearance like Andriges’ work, but maybe not.

Shaman’s Windfury Totem WILL affect Druids in forms… AND will coexist with weapon buffs such as Weightstones, because Windfury Totem will be a player buff rather than a weapon buff.

That is a massive change, as far as Feral Druids go. Matt Rossi on the podcast mentioned it first, damn him, but I was gonna say it too… being the main tank as a Bear and having Windfury active? OMIGOD!!!!

Oh, and… Shaman Totems will affect the entire raid, NOT just the 5 man segment of the raid they happen to be in. Hey, that’s what they said. So, not only do you get Windfury Totem as Bear tank (or Kitty), but you also get Strength of Earth and Grace of Air.. oh, and did I mention they are COMBINING Strength of Earth and Grace of Air into one totem? And that is even if the Shaman is NOT in your 5 man segment of teh raid.

So yeah.. Shamans are going to be MASSIVELY buffing Feral Druids with Windfury… I love it.

And they said that they are working on the Feral Druid range bug, and they MAY have it fixed by the time Warthof the Lich King is released. LOL.

They are NOT removing Diminishing Returns from Cyclone as they had discussed. Instead, they are making Entangling Roots work indoors AND out! Viable Druid CC! Without long cast times! Yay!

So…. that’s what we got so far… and as Wrath is playable at the WWI, I bet we are going to get tons of hands on impressions.

I hope that this encourages you to go seek out more info… I know that WoW Insider has been doing a great job at covering everything. While I pugged Kara last night with Cassieann and Doodlebug until 1:00 AM, WoW Insider were up all night long freaking out and transcribing and going nuts.

So now that I’ve whet your curiosity.. go! Have fun!

Oh, and just cause I can’t help myself… Hunter’s PETS get their own talent trees, three trees, Utility, DPS and Tanking. God, that is gonna be fun to play with.  AND, there will be new pet classes… AND some pet classes will have unique abilities in their trees! Expect BRK and Mania to go nuts… I wish I could see the look on Mania’s face right about now. OMIGOD TALENT TREES, GREAT… BUT, (here it comes…) when asked about new Pet Stable Slots.. a single word answer from the panel… NO.


5 thoughts on “Just a few Feral Druid notes on the Paris Worldwide Invitational

  1. The totems affecting the full raid is an awesome idea. I got thinking though. Since I haven’t raided too much with Shamans I’m wondering about the effect of their threat reduction totem. Obviously as a tank, you’re not gonna want the affect of that totem on you, however it would be great for the dps to have. The only solution to that I can think of is having it out of range of the MT, which will most likely also make it out of range of the melee dps, which generally can pull aggro at a lower percentage than ranged dps. It’ll be interesting to see how this works out.


  2. So as a bear tank I can be CC (roots) plus a tank? Nice. I can see roots being the new default pull for bears rather than FFF.

    Pet’s with talent tree! about time they give pets some sort of flavor. Wonder if they will do the same for warlocks?


  3. Thunderpaw, hold on to your hat…

    I need to find confirmation, but I have heard it said that a Blizzard panelist DID make reference to allowing weapon procs and potion use in Druid forms…

    I haven’t been trumpeting that kind of thing, cause it’s a long way to seeing something go live. And I’ll believe it when I actually see it.


  4. It’s amazing.

    After having stuck to their guns all through the original release, and the various fiasco in beta for Burning Crusade… _now_ they decide roots can work indoors, and windfury will finally work…

    What doom will be on the horizon now? Weapon processes? Actual potion use in forms?!?

    /le sigh


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