With little else to do in this pre-Legion period other than run a nauseating amount of invasions, my attention has drifted over to giving some love to my Druid. As usual, I’ve been primarily playing her as a dungeon-only healer, crawling up through the Burning Crusade instances and now breaching the Wrath of the Lich King era. It’s weirdly relaxing, healing all of these dungeon runs, and as I’ve been doing it, I’ve compiled a short list of things that I have always — and still do — love about this class.
Yeah it’s a basic spell, but I think it’s one of the best in the game in terms of animation. I love seeing that silver-white beam shoot down and then erupt into a fat column. I love more how it’s instant cast and tosses a nice DoT on the bad guy.
2. Instant travel form
Taking away the relatively quick mount cast and making it instant for Druids (at least for their travel forms) is so immensely freeing and fun that I feel confined when I have to switch back to other classes. It’s just so cool when you’re running and then slam on the key for your bird form and take off on the go. Even more cool when you fly up, shift to your humanoid form, plummet, and then shift back into bird before you hit the ground.
3. HoTs and DoTs
As you well know, I love both heal-over-time and damage-over-time spells and skills — and the Druid has a ton of these. Tossing a blanket of HoTs onto the tank and watching enemy blows bounce back is a joy in and of itself.
4. Every role in one
No other class in World of Warcraft has four viable specs like the Druid: tank, melee DPS, ranged DPS, and healing. You can literally fill any role you want or feel like playing that night.
It still cracks me up how Blizzard took something as bizarre as an owlbear and made this fat, feathery creature pretty cool. I used to rock a Moonkin hard back in the day, and nothing could beat the spell pain they brought to the battlefield — nothing except their sexy dance, that is.
6. Leather armor
If I had to pick one category of armor that I generally like in MMOs, it’s leather. It just looks cooler, and here is no exception. We don’t have to share it too much with other classes — just Rogues and now the plague of Demon Hunters. Oh well.