Every Druid’s Dirty Secret

July 13, 2008 at 3:11 pm (Specs) (, , , )

We all have one. Some of us may not know it, but we all have one. Doesn’t matter if you have a Big Bear Butt, if you’ve pledged to be Resto 4 Life, or even if you think Kitty form is Purrfect, there’s a dirty little secret, a nasty little urge lurking just beneath the surface, waiting to jump out and surprise you when you least expect it. What is this secret, you ask?

Boomkin. Doomkin. Oomkin. Whatever you want to call it, every single druid on the planet is one quick little respec away from discovering what is possibly the most fun spec in the game. Let’s examine what, exactly, makes it so fun, shall we?

1. The awesomest form in the game. I don’t want no stinking Shadowform. You can leave cat form in the litter box. Bear form can go look for the pope in the woods. Tree form can…uh…go with bear form. Give me the lumbering, waddling, laser-bringing, insect-swarming, mage-creaming, Chris Farley-dancing Moonkin form.

2. See that bit about mage creaming? You go Balance spec, and every mage, destro lock, and elemental shaman in the raid is gonna be your new best friend. They’ll send you mails, buy you pretty things, and show up at your house at 3 in the morning just because they missed you…in their party in the raid. No more being relegated to the tank party for your ToL aura! No more having to hang out with the(rather morally questionable) melee dps! (Seriously, who wants to hang out with dirty pickpocketing thieves and tanks with anger management issues?) You get to hang out with the mages and the locks, baby! You’ve made the big time. All the biscuits and cookies you can eat, and you could probably even talk one of the baby eaters into throwing you a soulstone, healers be damned!

3. Spell crit. Screw steady DPS. Boomkins bring bursty, spikey, crit-happy DPS to the table, and there is absolutely nothing more fun in this game than seeing GIGANTIC numbers consistently showing up above a boss’ head. Add on top of this the ludicrous amounts of armor we have in doomkin form(I’m rocking around 11k unbuffed in my pvp gear), and that just means we can take an extra hit or two when we invariably pull aggro. We also don’t have to go searching too far for our aggro dump/oh shit/save me buttons, because aside from Barkskin, they don’t exist! Less buttons to push = more DPSing to do! No wasting time Soulshattering for us, just keep spamming those wraths.

So, on a slightly more serious note, I had, probably a month ago, played around with Boomkin spec, did a couple raids and some battlegrounds with it, and had quite a bit of fun. I wound up respeccing to fill a gap(tank or heals, forget which, I’m losing track of when I spec to what these days), and to be honest, I regretted it a little. I mean, I helped get a run off the ground, so that was awesome, but there was this faint nagging in the back of my head. I think it was saying “You could be pewpewing right now.”

So, flash forward to friday night. I’m working on my hunter alt, and I get a tell from my 2v2 partner in the guild. Him and our most experienced PvP priest want to know if I’m specced feral to roll up on some 3v3 with them. About ten minutes later, and I’m already respecced Boomkin. We did absolutely awesome. I’d only done about five matches with the lock, and never really PvPed with the priest, so going 5 and 5 our first night of matches together felt like a good win for us. The way Boomkin/Priest/Lock meshes together is crazy. The only way other teams seemed to be able to beat us was by pressuring the priest a little and then focusing me down. I’m the lowest stam, lowest resil on the team, so I’m working on that(hence my rather angry rant about pvp gear).

But yeah, I’m looking forward to doing some more as a boomkin. I particularly want to do some raids as Boomkin. Prince needs some lazers in the face, and I know just the chickencow to give them to him.

Edit: Just in case you were wondering, here is a link my Boomkin Spec. It’s intended to be a hybrid pvp/pve spec.


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July 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm (introduction) (, , , , )

Welcome to the new home. Watch out for boxes and broken links, we’re still in the process of moving in. This is going to be our(Malfean/Bourguignon/Martin and Allysera/Sharon) joint venture into the blogging world. We had fun maintaining our own blogs, but after discussing for a bit, realized we could blog together and maybe bring a unique viewpoint to the table together.

So, a bit about myself if you’re not familiar with me(that is, you’re not being directed here from my old blog). I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since beta, and bought the game a month after release. My original toon was a dwarf hunter who made it to 60, and was the first character I raided on. Then came a warrior, and a lock, and a druid. Those are just the 60’s. The druid was the only one to make it to 70.

Now, mixed in here and there was me taking breaks from the game. During one of these breaks, I met a wonderful girl named Sharon, and we moved in together. Then, Thanksgiving rolled around, and I started coming down with the mmo bug again. I didn’t want to reactivate quite yet, so instead I set up a trial account for myself to screw around on. Well, she saw me doing this and decided she didn’t want to be left out, and wanted to try it. A couple days later, we bought her the Battlechest, reactivated my account, and we were good to go.

Now, why do I include all of this? Well, I had always played Alliance, except for one priest I rolled with RL friends and made it up to 55. Sharon, however, was more interested in playing Horde. So, I went and rerolled Horde, we found an awesome guild, and we’re on our way to having a second set of 70’s now.

Which brings us, more or less, to current day. My main is a druid(Bourguignon) whose spec changes more often than is financially intelligent, but I have fun exploring the different aspects of the class. My most recent stint was Boomkin, and damn was that fun. I’m actually considering going back to it for leveling up to 80, but right now I am back to feral due to a need for tanks in the guild at the moment. I’m also working on a hunter alt, currently 52, who’s coming up with Sharon’s mage alt. I hope to have them to 70 well before Wrath lands on us.

That’s pretty much it for now. You should be seeing a similar type of post from Sharon in the extremely near future. Until next time, keep your pimp hand strong.

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