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Resto Druid Tier 13 Sneak Peaks

A lot of Tier 13 information has been released in the past few weeks, including the appearance of the Druid Tier 13 armor and its set bonuses.

The Druid set is called Deep Earth Vestments and here’s what it looks like:
Druid Tier 13 - Deep Earth VestmentsImage from MMO-Champion

I don’t hate them. That might not sound like high praise, but considering the negative reactions I had to Tiers 10-12 when they were first released, this is a step in the right direction. I tend to dislike the armor sets at first, and then grow to like them over time. This one I actually kind of liked right away. I’m happy we’re making a return to robes instead of pants. Slightly less happy about the return to WWE sized belts though. The mushrooms give the set a nice, earthy feel and phosphorescence is fun!

The new set does give me a bit of a recycled vibe though.

Druid Tier 9 and Tier 13

I see a lot of similarities between this new set and the Alliance Tier 9 set. The helms are the same size and shape and both cover the eyes (no bird beak on 13 though, thankfully). The robes have the same cut and style, similar patterns and the colours are almost identical (except one has glowy purple accents and one has glowy blue accents).

Anyway, I think it’s attractive enough. Not the best tier set I’ve ever seen, but definitely not the worst.

The set bonuses were also released recently. Here’s what resto Druids have to look forward to:

2P — After using Innervate, the mana cost of your healing spells is reduced by 25% for 15 sec.

I think this is a neat bonus. Depending on the spells you use while this is active you could be saving around 10-12k mana over that 15 seconds. This isn’t too bad, but I don’t think it’s quite as strong as our current 2T12 bonus. Heartfire currently gives me about 5200 mana per minute. Since we can only benefit from the 2T13 bonus every 3 minutes, I suspect it will be slightly weaker.

However, one thing I really like about this bonus is that it will make us look at one of our spells differently. Giving Innervate that extra bonus will add a bit of complexity to the spell which I think is great.

4P — Your Rejuvenation and Regrowth spells have a 10% chance to Timeslip and have double the normal duration.

I’m not too thrilled about this bonus. It could be useful in certain situations – a 24 second Rejuvenation on a fight with constant AoE damage would be great – but on fights without that I think this bonus will generate more overhealing than effective healing. How useful this will be will really depend on the nature of the fights in Tier 13. If people are often below full health it could be handy but if everyone is getting topped up quickly or not taking damage often it won’t be great.

So how about them tanks?

There is something else non-druid I’d like to talk about for a second. That is the tank 4-piece bonuses. Here they are if you haven’t seen them yet:

DK – Your Vampiric Blood ability also affects all party and raid members for 50% of the effect it has on you.
– Frenzied Regeneration also affects all raid and party members.

Paladin – Reduces the cooldown of Divine Guardian by 60 sec and increases the radius of its effect by 70 yards.
Warrior – Your Shield Wall ability now grants 50% of its effect to all party and raid members.

What the what? Raid wall for warriors? Extra healing bonuses from the tanks?

These bonuses sound awesome, but overpowered. They also seem completely out of whack when compared to anyone else’s set bonuses. What’s a little extra damage or healing output compared to a new raid-wide cooldown? If the bonuses stay as-is I would feel like a completely selfish jerk if I ever rolled against a tank on a piece of tier loot. And considering that all of the tier gear will now only be obtainable in raids, that’s a lot of passing I’m going to be doing. It’s not all about gear, but making the bonuses for one specific role so much more powerful than everyone elses seems a little odd.

What do you think of the Tier 13 previews?

Druid Fashion

This week I read  a fanastic post by Xeo at Rez the Weak that took a look at the evolution of priest tier gear over the years. I really enjoyed reading it and decided I would do the same for druid gear sets. Let’s take a look back at druid fashion, from the first dungeon set to what’s in store in Cataclysm.

Dungeon Sets 1&2: Wildheart and FeralHeart

Druid dungeons sets - Wildheart and Feralheart
If you wanted to collect the Wildheart Raiment in original WoW, you had your work cut out for you. The 8 pieces dropped in three different dungeons and the drop rates were less than stellar. When you managed to collect them all you were rewarded with a set with wildly random stats and set bonuses (oh vanilla WoW itemization, how silly you were). The set is decent looking, I’m a big fan of purple and I like the textures. My biggest problem with this set is the shoulders, they were neat looking but had a lot of clipping issues. Any arm movement and you usually ended up with a wing through your head. The bird helmet also looks a bit like it’s eating your brains.

Tier 1 – Cenarion Raiment

Oh my. After slogging through Molten Core with 40 people for months, you got to look like this. The Cenarion Raiment is a low point in druid gear design, or any gear design for that matter. It looks like my poor druid got lost in the forest and had to resort to sticking shrubs, twigs and tree bark on herself for camouflage to avoid being eaten by bears. The shoulders and helm look really flimsy and the colours are bland. Druid gear has come a long way since this, thank Elune.

Tier 2 – Stormrage Raiment

If you were to ask me what animal I wanted my gear to look like, a moose would probably not be my first choice. However, the Stormrage Raiment kinda works. It certainly improves on the colours and style of the tier 1 set and the moon designs are very fitting for a druid. This set also has a much more impressive rack. 🙂

Tier 3 – Dreamwalker Raiment

The Dreamwalker Raiment was the first really fanastic looking druid set. The greens and gold are lovely. I also really like the snake deatils on the shoulders. This was the first time we got a piece of gear with glow-effects, which unfortunately you can’t see in the picture. Seeing druids running around in this set was always impressive, not only because it’s gorgeous but guilds that were making their way through the original Naxx were quite rare.

Dungeon Set 3 – Moonglade Raiment

Dungeon Set 3 - Moonglade-Raiment
The Moonglade Raiment was the first, and only, dungeon set of Burning Crusade. It’s clearly modelled after T3 but is less intricate and has been toned down to more neutral colours. I like this set a lot. It’s certainly not flashy but I think that’s fitting for entry-level, non-epic gear.

Tier 4 – Malorne Raiment

I’m not a fan of the Malorne Raiment, it makes me feel naked. None of the colours really go together and the antlers on the side of the helmet make Jasyla’s head look gigantic. The blue orbs on the shoulders seem misplaced.

Tier 5 – Nordrassil Raiment

The Nordrassil Raiment is a bit of a mixed bag. The robes and gloves aren’t terribly impressive, but the helmet is unique and the shoulders are amazing. No piece of gear has every screamed ‘resto druid!’ so much as these lovely, bark-covered, purple flower-sprouting, moon-accented pauldrons. Having to shift into tree form and hide them always made mad.

Tier 6 – Thunderheart Raiment

I love the Thunderheart Raiment. It was different from the previous druid sets, with an aboriginal feel and a refreshingly different colour scheme. The red and turquoise accents really made the gear pop. I particularly like the eagle motif and the cutouts on the chestpiece. This set is also from my favourite tier of raid content and I managed to collect all 8 pieces, so I have a soft spot for it.

Tier 7 – Dreamwalker Regalia

Normally, I wouldn’t be a fan of recycled gear, but since the T3 set was so amazing and I never got to wear a single piece of it, I didn’t mind when the Dreamwalker Regalia was brought back as the first gear set of WotLK. The updated gear set was even more ornate than it’s predesessor and gave druids a much needed bit of flashiness. Tier 7 was the first time that different colours were used to represent different levels of gear. I prefer the green, but the purple is nice too.

Tier 8 – Nightsong Regalia

The thing that strikes me about the Nightsong Regalia is the detail. Graphically this set was a real step up – the textures are amazingly sharp compared to the previous gear sets. Though the moon helmet has its detractors, I like it. I think this is a really solid tier set.

Tier 9 – Malfurion’s Garb and Runetotem’s Garb

Ahh, tier 9. It brings back memories of running TotC on 4 seperate lockouts, memories I’d rather forget. Malfurion’s Garb is not a favorite. The robes are alright, but I’m not a fan of the bird beak and the shoulders don’t look like they belong on a druid. The worst part for the tier 9 set…we had to share the design with rogues! Having to be shared by two classes made T9 look like it was having a bit of an identity crisis. Runetotem’s Garb I wastn’t overly familiar with since I don’t have a Horde druid. It sticks to the typical brown and green druid colours and I actually prefer it to the Alliance set.

Tier 10 – Lasherweave Garb

When the Lasherweave Garb was introduced, I was not pleased. The helmet and shoulders looked demonic, not like something druid would wear. However, I’ve grown more fond of it, I’ve been wearing it for over a year and it has wormed its way into my heart. I like my spiky horns and hungry-looking shoulders.

Tier 11 – Stormrider’s Vestments

And finally, here we have our first tier set for Cataclsym (images from MMO-Champion). I’ve seen worse, but I’ve also seen a whole lot better. First of all, the electric blue of the normal set is really not a good druid colour. This set strikes me as more fitting for a shaman than a druid. The helmet looks awkward and the shoulders aren’t great. I admit though, I’m very critical of most new gear when I first see it, but tend to warm up to it after a while, so ask me how I feel about it once I get a piece or two.

That’s it – the history of druid gear. Which is your favorite? Which would you not want to be caught dead in? Take the poll or answer in the comments.