Episode 78 of the Training Dummies – Get the Nitty Gritty On The Feral Kitty

Hend and Rob over at The Training Dummies podcast have honoured me by asking me to be a guest host for an episode on Feral Druids.

“The guys stopped deleting their Druids for long enough to realize that maybe Druids do have some awesome to bring to the table. In this episode Rob and Hend are joined by long time friend of the show and Feral Druid rockstar, Elamari! We get into the nitty gritty of Feral kitty talents, dps, and glyphs and even clear the air about DoT snap-shotting. We also learn that Mike Preach was wrong about Feral kittys and the level 100 talents are kind of awesome!”

Direct Link

http://www.thetrainingdummies.com/2014/11/25/episode-78-nitty-gritty-on-the-feral-kitty/

~Elamari

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Throne of Thunder Review – Guest blog by 25 man Feral raider Ravissian

If you’re reading this it’s probably because you play a feral. One thing I’ve noticed about us is that Ferals love reading and talking about Ferals. That’s how I found File Under Feral in the first place. You therefore probably already know our strengths and weaknesses! It’s for this reason that in this post I’m going to explore the latest raid tier – Throne of Thunder (Patch 5.2) – from a Feral standpoint. I would like to thank Elamari for letting me write this post and also for being an all-round nice guy helping my guild several times when we have been short a DPS – quite often at very late notice!

My Feral druid, Ravissian, is part of a 25 man guild on Frostmourne-Oceanic. We were progression raiding as a 10 man in 5.0 and decided to switch to 25 man for 5.2 as we grew and I have to say – Throne of Thunder is impressive in a 25 man setting!

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Tier 14 Review – Guest blog by Heroic raiding Feral Jaymz

Hello fellow Ferals!

Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Elamari has asked me to do a guest post, and I very happily agreed. So I should probably introduce, and give some background on myself.

My name is Jaymz (pronounced James), I am a former Veteran of Apotheosis on Eldre’thalas where we accomplished 8/16 H in T14, 8/8H in T13, 7/8H T12, and 7/13H T11. At the time of this writing I am 11/12 normal T15 (which is how far I had gotten before leaving Apotheosis).

Today I’m going to do a brief boss by boss recap of Tier 14. Giving some detail of my thoughts for the bosses I have Heroic experience with. I’ll discuss Talent, Glyph, and Symbiosis choices. As well as any Feral specific tips or issues I encountered. Here is a link to the talent and glyph setup I usually run. I’ll only make mention if these choices changed. So… on with the recap!

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4 Valuable Feral Druid Macros

Macros are a highly useful function within World of Warcraft. Wowpedia describes what they are nicely;

The purpose of a Macro is to allow you to create some very simple custom actions or tasks, based on the existing game actions. A macro is just a sequence of slash commands, which are executed in order when you execute the macro.

The use of macros will make your play more streamlined & efficient giving you an edge over players who doesn’t use macros. Macros grant you advantages by;

  • Performing multiple actions at once by activating a single action button (mouse clicking or key binding) e.g. combining a spell and an on use trinket.
  • Reducing the number of spells on your bars e.g. combining an offensive cool down with a spell or combining several spells into one button through modifiers.
  • Increasing your throughput by using spells in a more timely & efficient manner.

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5 Things your raid leader should know about Feral Druids

Feral Druids are a complex class on many levels; rotation, utility and play style. More often than not we are just lumped with the other melee damage dealers. Because of the Feral Druids complexity there are some things that often get overlooked or are unknown to raid leaders. This post aims to provide some insight by listing and discussing 5 things that raid leaders should know about Feral Druids.

1. Feral Druids should always attack from behind the target when possible.

It is important for all melee dps to be behind their target because mobs / bosses can’t parry from behind, they can only dodge; therefore your chances of landing a hit are increased. However it is more important for Feral Druids because our primary combo point generating ability, Shred, can only be used behind the target. Targets that can only be attacked from the front (e.g. Ultraxion, Major-Domo Staghelm, Magmaw, Kologarn etc…), put Feral Druids at a damage dealing disadvantage. When ever possible try to position yourself behind the target and discuss this quirk with you raid leader.

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Addon review: Clique and Feral Druids

Following up from my post on raid frames for Feral Druids I am going to talk about an addon that compliments raid frames nicely. Clique is an addon that enables click-casting and hover-casting on unit and raid frames much the same as mouse over macros do. The biggest advantage of this addon is that it allows you to more quickly select both the spell to cast and the target of the spell without requiring an extra click.

Clique is very versatile. It allows the use of modifiers (shift, alt, control) when binding spells, it can be used with any unit / raid frames including the standard Blizzard frames and it can activate macros. Clique also has a number of customizable settings such as dual spec profiles, activation based on whether you are in combat or not and activation based on the type of target i.e. friendly or enemy.

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Feral Druid Symbiosis Guide – Mogu’shan Vaults

I was looking around the internet for some information on Symbiosis recommendations for Mogu’shan Vaults. To my surprise there was very little information particularly with recommendations for Feral Druids. This prompted me to do some more searching through forums and websites to create a simple guide with recommendations for each boss in Mogu’shan Vaults. These recommendations can be applied to 10 / 25 & LFR, however it mostly depends a lot on group composition as that is the nature of the spell.

Symbiosis has a lot of options available to you and can be difficult to remember. There are a number of tables / charts that show the spells you gain and the spells that your target gains and I have linked some of them below.

WOW Head – http://www.wowhead.com/spell=110309/symbiosis

The Fluid Druid – http://fluiddruid.net/symbiosis-a-druid-primer/

Fat Boss Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LekZHvuN98s

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