RIP Critkin

It’s been a couple of weeks now since beta build  12644 came out and killed my Critkin. I left writing about it so I could calm down and grieve in peace.

Four years I’ve played my walking crit totem since the days when all we bought to a raid was that 3% buff and now it’s gone just like that to be replaced by a generic 5% haste.

Ghostcrawler talks about bringing fun to the builds. Haste is not fun. Hitting a button every 1.00 secs instead of every 1.5 is not fun, its a recipe for RSI. See ridiculously large numbers in bright yellow on my screen is fun. I don’t want to have to rely on some shaman to see it happen. Theres nothing showing anywhere in the build that even shows we get to keep 200% crits. It’s supposedly baked into the ‘pures’ but requires a talent or mastery in the dps hybrids. Except its not spelled out anywhere.

I thought the forums would be full of it but no one but me seems to think taking our signature buff away and replacing it with something boring and brought by three other specs is worth a mention they still harp on more about the graphics than that the tree has been gutted. Take the shamans crit totem off them, they didn’t get it till TBC and it was a poor mans copy of the balance druids crit aura.  Shamans have way too many buffs as it is.

Its obviously meant to be the offspec of ‘proper’ resto druids so they can solo wearing their gear with a handy talent that gives them hit so they don’t need a second set of gear. Feels to me we’re right back in Vanilla where Balance druids were a joke.

I’ve barely played WOW since, granted some of that was problems with my PC but even now that’s fixed I log on and the combination of expansion blues and knowing my mains days are numbered well I don’t stay long. Can’t even get excited about killing the Lich King.

Ghostcrawler: (source)

We’ve had a lot of discussions about Moonkin form, as you might guess. We know opinions range among the player base from “cut it” to “make me stay in my adorable form all the time.” At first we were trying to make it more of an option, so that cuddly-hating Balance druids could choose the spec without the shapeshift. After much discussion though, we’re going to go back to a Balance druid = Moonkin Form design. We’ll put some more damage into the Moonkin Form.

I’ve a better suggestion all those people who don’t like the form DON’T have to play balance druid. They can go and play one of the other 29 specs in the game. Give my moonkin back her crit.

If I log on and find my moonkin has turned into the travesty that is Malfurion Stormrage then I’m quitting WoW and playing DDO, because you can bet she’ll have that stupid green beard regardless of gender.

I am not liking where balance is going in Cataclysm and I feel its being pushed there by people who never even noticed the spec existed before WOTLK and dual spec landed.

Meh to the lot of you


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