For most the time that I have played as a feral druid, I've felt that our strength as a class has grown a great deal. Not all that long ago, however, the 2.0.10 patch brought a damage nerf for tanking bear druids which noticeably affected my gameplay and it really brought the issue home to me more than ever before. It used to be that I could just use my Swipe ability repeatedly and keep the angry attention of multiple monsters without having to worry about any getting away from me so much. After the patch, though, monsters started leaving me for more attractive (and squishy) friends of mine! This happened so much that my hunter friend had her pet start taunting monsters too, in order to help keep them away from the healers. For the first time in my playing experience, I realized how sad it feels to have been once so powerful and now so nerfed.
But I refused to give up! I set my fingers firmly on my keyboard and began pondering ways that I might make up for my loss of snarling, grizzly monster threat.