Legion Pre-expansion Patch Survival Guide

The Legion pre-expansion patch has been announced for July 19, this Wednesday. As with all pre-expansion patches, we will have access to most of the features of the expansion except for being able to level past level 100, artifact weapons, and the new zones. For the Legion pre-patch this means you will get:

  • New wardrobe transmog system
  • New UI changes
  • Class changes – spells, talents and glyphs
  • Stat changes
  • Pre-expansion event – Demon invasions.

In this post I’m only going to cover changes relevant to Feral Druids. WoW Head has a full guide to the pre-patch and the latest PTR patch notes at battle.net.

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Commentary on BellularGaming Legion Alpha Feral Druid Spec Overview

While I was browsing for some Legion Feral videos on YouTube I came across a video by user BellularGaming. It was a good video but I want to offer some commentary on it. Similar to what I did with Preach’s video for Warloads of Draenor. Head over to BellularGaming’s YouTube channel and check out their content. The Feral Druid video is below. Watch that and let’s get into it.

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Final Boss Feral Druid – Second Pass

Final Boss earlier this week posted a video on Feral Druids in the current Legion beta build. The quick and dirty summary:

  • New spell animations
  • No major game mechanic changes
    • Still Rake, Rip, Ferocious Bite
    • Snap-shotting still exists with Tiger’s Fury, Blood Talons and Savage Roar
  • Savage Roar is now a talent, not baseline
  • Thrash and Swipe now hit 360 degrees instead of a frontal cone

Link to video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-jb5-YsbT0

I plan on doing separate posts for talents and the artifact weapon in the future. Stay tuned.

~Elamari

Legion Expansion Release Date – 30th August

As you can tell from the title, the release date for the next World of Warcraft expansion Legion has been announced. It is scheduled for the 30th August, which is about 4 and a half months away.

Official Blizzard press release – http://blizzard.gamespress.com/THE-LEGION-INVADES-WORLD-OF-WARCRAFT-AUGUST-30

By pre-purchasing the expansion you get 1 boost to level 100. Pre-purchasing Legion will also grant early access to the Demon Hunter prior to the expansion’s release. During the pre-launch early-access period, players will be able to complete the Demon Hunter’s unique starting experience on the shattered, Legion-corrupted world of Mardum and achieve level 100, leaving them fully prepared to join their allies on the Broken Isles the moment the expansion launches.

Stay tuned for more content – coming soon (TM).

~Elamari

Cat Nap #15 – Feral Druid Design Discussion

There was a good summary on MMO Champion of some discussion between the Feral Druid Community and the developers recently. The main talking point was around the lack of value haste currently has and how that interacts with class design, specifically bleeds vs direct damage.

Link to MMO Champion Post – http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/5530-Frost-Mage-Artifact-Intro-Vodka-Done-Raiding-Blue-Posts-Zarhym-Leaves-Blizzard

Link to Official Forums – http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/20742735372?page=2#23

Where do I stand?
I tend to agree with the intent of the developers, in that I would like to see better balance between direct damage and bleeds. When we become to focused in one particular area not only does it highlight our strengths, it also highlights our weaknesses e.g. too much bleed focus penalizes us switching targets. However this hasn’t been seen in game much if at all. All through MOP Swipe and Ferocious Bite were hit like a wet noodle. The Rune of Re-origination pushed the spec further down the bleed focused path.

I agree with the design that haste should not affect the speed that bleed tick at. That would just push us further down the bleed path rather than balancing bleeds vs direct damage. This quote sums it up perfectly:

‘Rake currently does ~500k, and Shred does ~130k. Again, no wonder Haste sucks, when all it gives you is more of those ~130k Shreds, not more Rakes.’

I’m hoping in Legion we can see this balance between bleeds and direct damage become a reality.

Feral Druid Tips for Hellfire Citadel Part 3

Time for part 3 of Hellfire Citadel. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t seen them yet. Don’t forget to check out the strategy conversations over at the Fluid Druid.

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Looking for Feral Druid Guest Blogs

Between December 2015 and March 2016 I’m going to be holidaying, moving and starting a new job. My time for writing is going to be basically non-existent. However to help fill the void of content, I’m currently seeking expressions of interest from members of the Feral Druid community willing to donate their time to write a guest blog post.

Writing a guest blog is a great way to share knowledge, and express yourself. You don’t have to be a blogger yourself, you just have to be willing to give it ago. Since I started my blog in 2012, I’ve had several guest posts covering a range of topics.

One extra special thing I like to do with my guest bloggers, is offer YOU a platform to promote something of YOUR own. This can be your own blog, youtube channel, showcase some art if you are an artist, or podcast or whatever creative endeavour you are in to. It doesn’t even have to be WoW related. It’s purely a way for you as a guest blogger to generate some exposure to an audience that they may not normally target.

I have some ideas of topics for guest blogs that I would like to cover, but I am open to suggestions from people if they have their own idea or topic.

  • Legion alpha / beta information.
  • Guide to Heroic / Mythic raiding – What’s required to step up from normals / heroics, attitudes, time commitment, advanced gearing / rotation, finding your best in slot, loot distribution systems etc…
  • Addon reviews / set ups, guide to weak auras.
  • PVP – arena, rated battlegrounds, world pvp / gladiators sanctum (garrison), Ashran.
  • Introduction or guide to World of Logs / Warcraft Logs, how to improve dps from looking at logs.
  • Proving grounds – proven assailant / endless.
  • Soloing old content.

If you are interested in writing a guest blog, you can contact me by email at fileunderferal@gmail.com, on Twitter at @Elamari_ (there is an underscore at the end), my battle tag is Elamari#1350, or you can leave a comment on this post and I’ll follow it up. Don’t be shy and don’t think you have nothing to offer. Everyone has something to share, so take a chance, and hit me up.

~Elamari