There’s been a lot of stirring around the internet regarding the talent changes for Druids in Mists of Pandaria and how we’re going to turn into a class that shapeshifts a lot but can’t really do anything well. But people, DON’T WORRY! Druids are going to be just fine. As proof, I am going to show you exactly how bear tanking is going to work in the next expansion.
Put your minds at ease.
Now I know this sounds crazy, but you’re going to start the pull in cat form. You want to make sure the boss is placed exactly where you want to be, so you should start prowling and pop Displacer Beast so that you can get in as quickly as possible and position the boss exactly where you want him. The problem is that it throws you in a random direction, but this is the start of the pull so if it takes you somewhere you don’t want to go then you can just wipe it up and start over again until it puts you in the right place.
After that, you could go into bear form manually to start tanking the boss, but we have some exciting new talents that will do that automatically for us. That’s right, I’m talking about BEAR HUG! The benefit here is that you will also stun the boss for a while to give the rest of your raid a chance to get into position. I think it’s 30 seconds, that number definitely sounds familiar.
Here’s where the really fun stuff comes in. After the bear hug wears off, you’re going to pop into moonkin form and throw down a Mass Entanglement to keep the boss from moving. You will then use the Wild Charge ability to bound backwards.
YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?
You’re now going in a perfect position to start using your Master Shapeshifter talent to it’s full ability.
You’re going to cast some Wraths or some Starfires at the boss while he’s sitting there like a lame duck, not able to do a damn thing. I would suggest creating a /lol or /rude macro to go with the spells you’re casting. All the while you’re going to be building up three stacks so that you can increase your attack power.
One. A-two-hoooo. Three.
Ok, so once you’ve built up 3 stacks you’re going to go back into bear form and then charge back into the boss. This is where you’re in a bit more trouble, but don’t worry, we’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeves to protect us.
Self-heals. That’s where it’s at. I predict that in Mists of Pandaria, tree-bears will allow raids to go with a single healer raid composition.
Nature’s Swiftness will now allow us to cast a big old self-heal on ourselves while we’re still in bear form. It’s got a 3 minute cooldown so you can spend the rest of the time just going back and forth between healing yourself in caster form and tanking in bear form. The best part of that is that it will keep your Master Shapeshifter stacks up the entire time. Just go with the One, Two-hoo, Three rotation.
Have fun being a bear in 5.0!