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Shifting Perspectives: Fun with race choice, part 2

Allison Robert

Allie: Not quite so good-looking is bright green skin with druid gear.

Letitia: Those shoulders with the top half of her chest must be just hell.

Allie: I see what you mean. Oh, ow.

Allie: Gotta love male orc casting animations.

Letitia: Yep.

Allie: Neither one of us seems to have much to say about orc druids.

Letitia: I'm not sure there's much you can say about the druidic prospects of a race that's clear-cutting the southeastern portion of Ashenvale.

Allie: Trolls will be great druids. I just wish more people played them.

Letitia: I see you picked the same female troll face everybody else does.

Allie: Well, that would be one of the reasons so few people play a female troll. Something can be savage without being ugly, and it just doesn't feel like the model's there yet.

Letitia: What's faction balance like right now?

Allie: Closer than it's ever been, although night elves still have the advantage. If Armory Data Mining is on the money, night elf druids have a 5.7% share of the population at 80, compared to tauren druids' 4.2%.

Letitia: And trolls are underplayed.

Allie: Right. Worgen will almost certainly not be, so I'm a little worried about what the class' faction balance is going to look like a year from now.

Allie: See? That looks cool! Why don't more people play trolls?

Letitia: Keep in mind that the cool model you're looking at now doesn't actually exist in game yet. What's your highest level troll alt?

Allie: Uh ... like 13?

Letitia: You're complaining about people not playing trolls and your troll is 13?

Allie: Shut up and drink your lunch.

Allie: Finally, a character model who actually weighs as much as a real model.

Letitia: Nah, she needs to drop 10 pounds before they'll let her on the catwalks in Paris.

Allie: I can't tell if that's funny or really scary.

Letitia: As with most observations I could make concerning the fashion industry, it's both.

Allie: This just doesn't work. There's just something deeply, horribly wrong about undead druids.

Letitia: It can't have anything to do with the undead state being an unnatural contradiction of the druidic imperative to nurture and safeguard life.

Allie: Nah.

Allie: Something about male undead druids seems even more wrong than female undead druids.

Letitia: I think because it's impossible to make a male undead who looks even vaguely happy about anything.

Allie: "Here I am in a woodsy tier set with happy little flowers growing all over my shoulders and and a shiny stick ... and being dead still sucks."

Letitia: More happy little flowers are needed, obviously.

Gallery: Other races as druids | 51 Photos

Every week, Shifting Perspectives treks across Azeroth in pursuit of truth, beauty and insight concerning the druid class. Sometimes it finds the latter, or something good enough for government work. Whether you're a bear, cat, moonkin, tree or stuck in caster form, we've got the skinny on druid changes in patch 3.3, a look at the disappearance of the bear tank, and thoughts on why you should be playing the class (or why not).

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