A Guide to: Tree Slap DPS
Skagg's 2010 guide to putting the maximum amount of hurt on something as a (presumably bored) tree is still one of the funniest pseudo-serious things ever written within the WoW
fandom. Particularly notable for the following advice:
In the unlikely event that another DPS pulls the mob off of you, simply shift to bear, Growl, and shift back to tree form. However, you should kindly point out to your fellow raid members that having to do this several times during the fight will greatly diminish your DPS.
While we have constant tree form back in the game as Glyph of the Treant
, unfortunately we now lack Thorns
and the pick-and-mix talent system that made the "Tree DPS" spec possible. Oh, progress.
TBC druid tank report at Elitist Jerks
This was written in the early part of the Burning Crusade
expansion. It's not among EJ's official guides and it shows, but I bookmarked it after realizing it was among the earliest things written about bear tanks in the BC
era. The writer touched on a lot of issues that would go on to become a Very Big Deal later in both the expansion and Wrath
Other blast-from-the-past entries from EJ:
Blogatelle's Play Files
This is among the best things to read if you're trying to get a sense of what your class is and how it's seen within the WoW
An excellent bear blog that will turn one year old on the 26th. Happy birthday, Tova!
Alysandir's comment on healing priority
I've kicked around the idea of doing a series on the best comments that WoW Insider's ever gotten, and this is among the many I've set aside for that purpose. Alysandir carefully explains how your behavior impacts where you stand on a healer's priority list, and what may come before you.
wow_ladies: What is this mod? + Valithria tips
(NB: You'll need a LiveJournal
account and access to wow_ladies
in order to read the full thread, but I'll summarize it here.) This was my first introduction to the wonders of Tidy Plates
(still going strong three years later!) and a pretty representative strategy discussion of how to handle Valithria Dreamwalker on 10-man. While resto druids had a good chance of stomping the meters on the average Icecrown Citadel fight, they were often assigned to "outside the portal" healing on Valithria due to other healers' more efficient single-target throughput.
A WarcraftSues Glossary
This really doesn't have anything to do with druids, but it's funny. A cynical collection of RP community terms for behaviors they would rather not see.
Arena Junkies MS paint rage thread
A collection of disgruntled arena players vents through lolcats and MS paint pieces. As you'd expect, many of these are NSFW, but the thread is still going strong four years later.
Achtung Panzercow's guide to the first ten seconds
Still as true now as it was when it was written. Early problems in a pull do not magically go away -- they usually just get worse.
The Wayward Initiative's Wait for it ...
How to know when it's okay to start DPSing by watching for graphics that indicate a tank has used an AOE effect. Someone should probably write an updated version for monk tanks. I had been playing a druid since 2007 and I am genuinely ashamed to admit this was literally the first time I realized that Swipe
briefly turns its targets red.
I was going to link only to the cat form piece
and then realized that I should share the wealth with people who aren't druids.
Miirkat's YouTube channel
A feral gladiator's commentary videos.
Esports News: The real reason esports can't go mainstream anytime soon
On that note, a really pointed observation from WiNGSPANTT
: Gamers have a tendency to be jerks to anyone commenting on a game who doesn't have the "street cred" held by high-profile players. That's a dick move all on its own, but it actively harms the growth of e-sports. Here's where the hammer falls:
Sunnier's Art of War: The death of the bearcat
Simply put, e-sports will never become mainstream unless the competitive gaming community can get over itself and open a dialog with lower level players, hobbyists, and unskilled spectators. The average baseball fan can't throw a curveball. The average NASCAR fan would s*** himself if he drove over 140 mph ... Yet despite the fanbases of these sports being almost universally non-competitive (or even non-participating) audience members, sports are incredibly popular, if you haven't realized. Maybe part of that is that they've been around longer, but I'd bet part of it is that the average viewer is allowed to share his or her opinion without getting publicly humiliated by everyone in hearing distance.
The hybrid bear-cat playstyle that had existed from the beginning of the game (well, sort of ... we can't really argue that cat DPS was truly viable until Wrath
at the earliest) was safely dead as of the Mists of Pandaria
Something I bookmarked to include in a future transmogrification piece for anyone who wanted something a little more substantial as an offhand.
Restokin: Druid Healer Survey results, part one and part two
Lissanna ran a survey on the druid forums in advance of patch 3.3
asking resto players to weigh in on on spell choices and what they anticipated in the patch. It's a pretty representative look at what resto players were doing before Icecrown Citadel, which was mostly a lot of Rejuvenation
and Wild Growth
Shifting Perspectives: Bear and Resto Edition takes a peek at healer balance in Dragon Soul, discovers why bears and PvP gear are a pretty good mix, lends advice on gearing up to hit the Raid Finder, and helps you level a druid in the Cataclysm era.