With that, I bring you: Why druids are awesome.
Shapeshifting Let's face it, who hasn't gone to a zoo, looked at the animals, and said, "Man, wouldn't it be cool if ...?" This, above everything else, is what sells me on the class. I'm not a boring biped casting spells or whacking away with swords. Instead, look! I'm a bear, mauling your face off! Now I'm a panther, pouncing on your face! Now I'm a happy little tree! OK, the metaphor breaks a bit here, but you get the point.
If I'm counting correctly, there are six forms that are open to all specializations: Bear, Cat, Stag/Cheetah, Seal/Orca, Bird, and Treant. (Two of those have options via glyphs, hence the slash.) Two more are open to certain specializations (Tree of Life, Moonkin/Astral), which gives us over 10 different options for "Poof! Now I'm a ..."
The little growl your character gives when you shift into one of the feral forms? Love it -- wouldn't miss it for the world. I always would play cool shapeshifting tricks when tanking, too. I remember back in Naxxramas, I would sneak into the middle of an enemy pack while prowling in cat form, then shift to bear with a yell of "Suddenly, BEAR!" I thought it was funny, anyway.
Movement Story time! My first character was a warlock, which I enjoyed until my guild needed a tank, so I went paladin. (Shock! Horror!) It never made it past level 50 or so. Part of that was the terribly boring leveling experience for paladins at the time, but it was mostly the overall leaden feeling that I was always forever catching up to someone, somewhere. Then I rolled a druid and realized how, well, how fast it played. Both feral and restoration had a faster than normal GCD, so things felt fun instead of slow for the first time. After playing for a while, I realized just how many movement tools druids actually have. (Not counting balance druids, sadly, but that's a problem that burdens all casters.)
- Feline Swiftness 30% faster as a cat (now only 15% in Mists of Pandaria and a talent, but it's extended to all specs and cats get an extra 15% baked into the form, so you can stay at 30% if you choose).
- Feral Charge, soon to be Wild Charge. Get there fastest with the furriest? Sadly, you can't take both Feline Swiftness and Wild Charge in Mists.
- Dash and Stampeding Roar. BearCat: Double Dash!
- Disentanglement It's not called that anymore, because it's specifically baked into the forms. Run, run as fast as you can; can't catch me, I'm a druid, understand?
Why you might not be ready for Pure Awesome
That said, druids aren't right for everyone. They do have some definite differences that can affect their feel.
- No gear If you're shapeshifted, you can't see all the cool stuff you've acquired. To some people, this isn't a big deal; to others, it's gamebreaking.
- Sometimes have to do it all While this isn't as large an issue as it was in the past, let's face it: Druids are still the most hybrid class in the game. That means if your group or raid makeup changes and you need a new X, you're most likely to be the one who's asked to switch to an alternate role. If you like that style of gameplay, that makes you feel wanted and needed; if you prefer sticking to a single thing, that makes you feel jerked around.
- Fewer tools in the toolbox Feral druids are patterned after rogues, while guardian druids are patterned after warriors; however, the druids have fewer abilities to use. They make up for this by having the rest of the druid toolbox to draw on; however, that just doesn't cut it for some players.
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