After struggling with attendance and membership in my raid group I ended up going dps last week to fill the raid positions more easily.
I discovered a few things on Sunday night while playing as dps:
- Raid leading while maintaining the cat rotation is somewhat tricky. Easier than when the rotation was more complex, but speaking on vent and keeping all bleeds up is more challenging than I expected. It did get a laugh or two from people though.
- Cat druids do very competitive dps. On Halfus with 2 target switches (no whelps) I was very happy with how my damage compared to other raid members.
- The combination of Slate Dragon and Nether Scion is a pain, especially when your healers are not already geared in raid drops.
- When you are the raid leader, it’s embarrassing to use the wrong helm enchant 😦 I hadn’t focused on Ramkahen reputation yet…
Following on from the raid, I tried some PvP in a full cat spec. I have a couple of ilevel 352 honor rewards and a good trinket so thought I might do ok.
The reason for my sudden PvP interest is that my guild has started winning a bunch of rated battlegrounds. I haven’t really been involved with many of those players, and as guild master I feel like I should do something other than chat in guild chat with them.
PvP was an interesting experience since the shapeshift change. Multiple times I caught myself powershifting to get out of a snare – and I’m pretty sure that the frost mage was laughing while he killed me…over and over again. So I ran away and made myself happy killing melee targets instead.
I foresee a long grind of battlegrounds to build a more robust PvP set before really having much fun in PvP. I’m hanging out for the changes to Dash and Stampeding Roar that were announced in 4.1 so that druids feel viable against a mage again. In all honesty I felt most useful in a support role – entangling and taking out vehicles and distracting healers. That might be a result of not having enough resilience yet as well.
While gearing up the PvP set I think I’ll stay well away from the guild battlegrounds teams. There’s nothing worse than a poorly performing guild master getting carried…and since the team leader gets final say on the roster, I get to save myself some rejection too 🙂