Patch 4.0.1 – First Impressions

I had an hour or so to play around on my druid last night after downloading the patch.

I haven’t had a chance to do any raid healing yet but I did run around a bit in a heroic dungeon and I have to say…I love it!

Effloresence is amazing. I like that it’s given new purpose to Swiftmend. It’ll be even better in Cata when Swiftmend is less likely to be needed as an emergency heal and you can really focus on placement.

Critting HoTs are great. The small HoT on Regrowth will take some getting used to, but it’s not bad. I was worried that Healing Touch and Nourish would take forever to cast but with my current haste and spec they are both at 2 seconds which  I can handle.

Healing in the heroic felt good and completely natural (even with 0 mods). I was pleasantly surprised. Raid healing will take some adjustments but I think we’ve got a good kit to work with.

Here’s the spec I’m currently using. I’ve skipped the talents that are strictly for mana (Furor and Malfurion’s Gift). With my 43k mana pool, I don’t see mana being an issue. I spammed (over)heals through the whole dungeon and never even put a dent in my mana bar. I may change my tune after I’ve had a chance to raid on the weekend, but I think speccing for throughput will work well at level 80.

The one thing I didn’t try out was Tree of Life. For one thing, it really wasn’t necessary at any point. Also, I just didn’t want to see myself as a tree again so soon after perma-tree was taken away.

Speaking of trees, mmo-champion has posted the new skins for Tree of Life.

New druid tree of life forms

It’s not the best model I’ve ever seen, but I think it’s an improvement. These trees have a healthy amount of leaves and nice colours. They’re a little masculine for my taste (goatee, really?), but I like them.

I also had a chance to sit in front of a target dummy for 10 minutes on my hunter. I really don’t like focus. I don’t like playing rogues or feral druids, I don’t like the switch to the same energy model for hunters. I will be changing my Horde main in the xpac. To what? I have no idea.

How are the class changes treating you?

2 responses to “Patch 4.0.1 – First Impressions

  1. I'm considering the exact same spec. I am currently sitting without Blessing of the Grove, as I'm trying to decide how best to use those last two points, mainly out of concern for mana: but after a couple heroics with no mana issue, I'm trying to decide if I should drop them in BotG or play with Nature's Grace, or give up and spec towards Cataclysm with Fury of Stormrage :)

  2. There is some room to play. I don’t think mana will be an issue in raids. From what I’ve seen of dps, bosses will be dropping much faster – I don’t think we’ll have time to run out of mana. NG and Fury look fun, but I think I’ll wait for levelling to play with them.