I stayed quiet back in the day about tree form because I knew that my QQ would not solve anything. But here it is now, 4.0.1, and I’m gonna level with you:
The change to tree form fucking sucks.
That’s right, folks. I didn’t become a druid healer so I could stand around as a sissy elf1 and squirt green flowers out my elfy fingers. I can do that as a priest, or a pally, or a shaman. Well, sissy night elves can’t be pallies or shaman, but you get the idea.
No, ladies and gentlemurlocs, I play a druid to shapeshift. It’s what the class is all about. It’s about doing different stuff in your forms than what you do when you’re not in your forms. Ok, I realize that shapeshifting into a cat or a bear is a whole lot more different in abilities than shifting into a tree or a fat owl,2 but still… it’s shifting.
When I go against Eressea sissypants in TOC-5, I can’t be polymorphed.
When I get rooted by a boss, I shift out of tree form and continue on my merry way. I don’t have to miss a beat by shifting in-and-out of cat to do that.
I don’t miss that I’m disadvantaged relative to other healers because I have to shift to do damage. Damage isn’t my job. Besides, treepunches are awesome. I don’t care that I can’t see my stupid armor because it looks exactly like everyone else’s tier gear.
What’s my point in all this? What’s my plan? TL;DR: Since I can’t be a tree anymore, I won’t be healing on my druid anymore. I’m going back to priest healing and the druid will be a cat. You know, cat form. It’s a shapeshift. Like what druids are supposed to do.
I’m not quitting the game, but this is a form of voting with my feet.3 I don’t like the not-tree, so I shall boycott it.
I login last night with no addons and no talents and set about to get my cat spec settled, trying not to think about the travesty that has happened to our trees.
In contrast to the beautiful sparkly tree-gatherings that apparently happened last night (see Priest with a Cause and Bear-y Leafy Kitty’s accounts), I see multiple elves in boring elf form testing their puddles of radioactive green healing pee. It looked foul. It looked like an infernal threw up.
I want my form back, you can have your damn puddles.
Edit: Now ghostcrawler says…
Art is very subjective. We’re very used to the phenomenon of half of a class loving say their tier set art and the other half thinking they are the worst thing ever.
Messing with player models is always risky and we know the current Tree of Life model is one of those things that is either loved or hated. That is why, as promised, we are offering a minor glyph if you just prefer the older, treant-based, version of ToL.
Rly. A minor glyph. To change the appearance of a cooldown-based tree. I’m underwhelmed.
“As promised” my heiney. The idea that was floated was a minor glyph to allow us to look like trees full-time, not this pathetic change to the cooldown-form. Epic. Fail.