Patch 6.0 Feral Druid Survival Guide

Patch 6.0 is scheduled to be released this Wednesday (for those of us in Australia) which is the pre-expansion patch. This patch introduces all of the class mechanics, ability pruning, new spells and changes associated with the new expansion, as is the case with each pre-expansion patch.

Patch notes for the 6.0 PTR can be found here and WoW Head has some guides on the content of the patch as well as summaries of class changes. In this post I will attempt to cover / highlight the major changes for Feral Druid’s so you are prepared on Wednesday. I wont be covering every single change to every spell so be sure to read the patch notes for yourself. I will list the changes and have a discussion at the end.

There is a great guide over at the Fluid Druid for all of your stat weights, rotation, talents and glyphs for 6.0. I recommend checking it out as our stat priority has changed significantly.

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Commentary on Preach Gaming’s Warlords of Draenor Feral Druid Quick Look

Prominent World of Warcraft YouTube content creator Preach as released a short video about his thoughts on Feral Druids in Warlords of Draenor. In this post I’m going to give my thoughts on some of the comments made by Preach in the Warlords of Draenor Feral Druid video.

Watch this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPuP-eyN5wA&list=UUXJL3ST-O0J3nqzQyPJtpNg

Who is Preach?
Preach is a former world first heroic raider, raiding with guilds such as Method. This high-end experience gives him some authority when it comes to creating the guides for all classes and specs. What makes his guides stand out is that they include a dungeon run which allows him to showcase a particular specs difficult to quantify roles and abilities such as movement, positioning and utility.

Twitter: @PreachGaming
Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/preachlfw
Website: http://www.preachgaming.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mikepreachwow/

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The Liebster Award!

I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by the blog Myriadoscope.

You might be asking “What is a Liebster Award?”, because I was asking the same thing when I got the Twitter notification about it. Basically it is a “pay it forward” idea to promote readership of blogs that have a small audience in the hope of networking bloggers and gaining new followers. Sometimes it’s good to spice up your posts with a different topic, writing style of guest writer. This is something that I have done of my own back previously in the form of guest posts from different people I’ve interacted with in the World of Warcraft community.

Liebster AwardThe Liebster Award involves me answering 11 questions provided by the person who nominated me and posting them as a blog entry. Then as the recipient I then nominate some new people and give them a new set of questions of answer. And then the idea is that they will then participate in, nominating more people etc…

Before we start I would like to say thank you Myriadoscope for nominating me and that  you should all go and check out their blog. Who knows, you might like what you see. Now, on with the questions! Continue reading

So you think you can PVP? – Guest blog Feral PVPer Ðaiquiri on Frostmourne-US

Up for some PVP and all that Jazz? If yes then you’ve come to the right place… or you just want to hear some lunatic to blab on about how fun PVP as a Feral Druid can be then you have also come to the right place. So let’s get into it!

I’m Ðaiquiri from the server Frostmourne-US and I’ve been PVPing as Feral since the beginning of The Wrath of the Lich King. I have never been bored with the Feral Druid play style whether it is battlegrounds, rated battlegrounds, arenas or World PVP. Having been an active member of Gundrak’s number one RBG group (Pinoy Guild on Gundrak) and also just being that person that helps others just to get there weekly caps with arenas I’ve had my fair share of PVP.

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Patch 6.0 Patch Notes – Warlords of Draenor (Part 1)

I’m going to try my hand at some news / patch notes posts and what better place to start than with the next expansions alpha notes. I will be focusing on the Feral Changes. Since there is such a large volume of information I have split it into two posts. Part 1 covers General Changes, Button Bloat, Buffs and Debuffs and Class Changes. Part 2 will cover Racial Traits, Glyphs, Level 100 Talents and Perks.

MMO Champion has a write up of all the changes for all classes and specs. The Inc Bear has the Guardian write up and there is some good discussion over at The Fluid Druid Forums for Ferals.

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Warlords of Draenor Wish List

I am going to be very busy of the next few weeks to months with uni work so unfortunately posts may be few and far between. Hoping to churn out a few ideas I’ve got back logged. Here is a quick list of some changes I’d like to see for Feral’s in Warlords of Draenor.

Button Bloat
The dev’s have said that they would like to address button bloat by pruning abilities that are not in your core rotation, are not fun abilities and don’t see much use. For Ferals I think this could mean that abilities like Innervate and Hurricane could become Resto / Boomkin only and I think Soothe could be removed from the game, but there are other options as I discussed in my enrage effects post. Additionally with the removal of spells requiring positional requirements I can see something happening with Shred and Ravage.

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Cat Nap #7 – Final Boss TV Talks Guardian Druids

While I have been predominately in a DPS roll as of lately, I still tank from time and time and try to stay up to date on all things Guardian. As such, Final Boss TV episode 33 will feature Guardian Druids Arielle and Buraan from The Inconspicuous Bear. The episode will air on March 16 at Final Boss TV and I have some questions I have sent into the show for them to discuss.

Final Boss TV logo

Final Boss also did a Feral Druid episode. I sent in some questions and you can view the episode on YouTube. Most of my questions were answered in the after show.

Unfortunately my questions were not directly answered. However they were used to build the show notes and are answered during the main show and after show. I Tweeted @FinalBossTV and they explained what happened and all is good.

Final Boss TV Twitter reply

Final Boss TV’s reply to my question on Twitter.

1. How much utility would you like to be able to cast in form e.g Tranquility in Bear Form?

2. Suggestions to smooth our rage generation? Currently it’s tied to crit and very spikey. Poor generation at low gear levels, crit capping at high gear levels. Soul of the Forest helps with this now but are there any changes you would like to see for “smoother” generation?

3. Button bloat – I feel that Bear Hug is “useless” and unnecessary. Thoughts on this spell and any others that may contribute to button bloat / spells that could be removed e.g. Innervate.

4. Thoughts on Symbiosis? I found that Bone Shield was probably the best defensive CD. The Monks dodge one felt like it made no difference. Consecration was good for adds and DPS and we all know lightning shield was the best passive dps increase. Suggestions to make it more appealing to Guardians? Should Guardians receive a defensive CD from all classes? Evasion would have been better than Feint, especially given its rage cost from Rogues for example.

5. Are there any abilities you would like to see baseline? I would like the Glyph of Stampeding Roar baseline – It seems stupid that a raid wide CD has such a short default range and that we have to use a glyph for it to be effective. Combining this glyph with the spell to be baseline (probably Feral and Guardian only) would free up a glyph slot for more interesting choices.

6. New mastery. Thoughts on what we might see? Something that interacts with Maul or something that scales / interacts with SD or FR? Additionally, do you think that the Tooth and Claw proc will stay in or be removed?

If you have questions you can submit questions through their website or email questions to them at FinalBossWoW@gmail.com.

Hope you are feeling refreshed after our Cat Nap.

~Elamari