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Ladies, gentlemen, trees and owl/bear things, I present for you a special Christmas treat. As part of the BlogAzeroth Kris Kringle celebrations, bloggers are contributing guest posts to other blogs on a "Secret Santa" basis – and I just received my Christmas gift from krizzlybear at Frost is the New BlackWARNING: those of a nervous disposition may want to look away now, as there's actual, useful game content in here…

This post arrived in Leafy's mailbox Christmas morning, at least EST-wise.  I completely forgot the time difference between Canada and the EU, so please forgive the lateness of this submission.

 Either way, it's not like Druids need presents for Christmas.  Christmas came pretty early for them in the form of 3.3.  I have a Druid alt named Leyola on US Winterhoof, and she is mainly feral spec.  But because of the wonderfulness that is the random lfg system, she is not limited by time because of her role.  By dual-speccing resto, she is able to find groups really easy.  And since I’m actually quite fond of healing in my tree, it’s the easiest and fastest way to get both a group and a lot of emblems.

As a healer, you are at usually the mercy of your group when it comes to the speed of your dungeon run. You cannot contribute to DPS; you have to follow your tank as he pulls.  And depending on your gear, you might have to drink once in a while as well.

 No more. This christmas, why not take initiative for your group, and DPS with them with a dreamstate spec?



THE SPEC

LEAFYSDREAMSTATE


The basic spec is 31/0/40.  The main idea is to queue as a healer and disguise as a Tree, but secretly, you're actually helping them DPS by spamming Wrath while Insect Swarm is up on the mob and a number of HoTs are active on your tank and dps.

Here's how it will work.  You start off as a tree.  You set your tank as the focus.  You use Regrowth and Rejuvenation macros that target your focus as follows.

Regrowth: /cast [@Focus] Regrowth
Rejuvenation: /cast [@Focus] Rejuvenation

This way, you can keep your target on the tank's target, and heal the tank while you are dps'ing away on the baddies.  If the tank is well-geared, then HoT's and DoT's are good enough buffers to keep him topped off while you outdamage the horridly geared hunter, or the 0/0/71 Subtlety Rogue.  If not, you still have a wide variety of other spells such as Lifebloom, Swiftmend, Nature’s Swiftness/Healing Touch, and Nourish.  The only spell missing from your normal arsenal with this spec is Wild Growth.

On the flip side, your balance tree is loaded with talents that not only boost the heal over time effects, but also increase your wrath DPS, thanks to Starlight Wrath and Improved Insect Swarm.  Don’t expect to pull off 8k DPS or any spectacular number like that, but the added damage can make a difference over the course of a fight, unless you already have an 8k guy in your group.  If you do, then there’s no problem either way, it’s win-win!

It's quite awesome.  I highly suggest giving it a try the next time you find yourself insanely bored to death during Heroic Violet Hold or Heroic Nexus.  You might run into problems if you end up randomly in a 3.2 or 3.3 heroic dungeon, since those require a bit more than two HoT's.  The lack of Wild Growth in this build definitely hurts, especially in fights like Garfrost that contain a lot of AoE damage.

Overall, it's quirky at best, but if you're daring and bored due to the novelty of random lfg wearing off, you should give it a shot.  Faster emblems are too enticing to pass up.

Conclusion

I wish Leafy and his readers a wonderful merry little Christmas from over here at the other side of the pond at Frost is the New Black.  May your holiday be full of frosty fun, and may the leaves on your tree (Christmas or druid) be white with the joy of the snowy season.  See you on the other side of the nether!

After last year's almost complete failure to get involved in Winter's Veil, I was determined to get myself Merrymade before I went away for Christmas. And, this afternoon, in Alterac Valley, I did it.

  • Wvmerrymaker
  • Wvmetzen
  • Wvgourmet
  • Wvscrooge
  • Wvabomnible
  • Wvbros
  • Wvseason
  • Wvogrila
Wvogrila

I really enjoyed the holiday. Lots to do  – and a good variety of things to do. A visit to Outland was a nice touch, as was an excuse to revisit parts of the Old World. It wasn't too dependant on the RNG for snowflakes and mistletoe and even the PvP achievement proved easier than expected. It took one Wintergrasp and two Alterac Valleys to get the achievement. And my hat required a guild run, as I kept losing the roll to random groups.

I'm off the holiday hook now until February, when I re-enter the RNG hall of Love Is In The Air, and have to visit the Elders of Northrend and the Dungeons to get those two metas. Still, four down, four to go… 

Added since yesterday:

Thanks to everyone who chipped in with suggestions. Any more for any more?

I've finally got around to signing up for Azeroth United, which is a cross (social) media alliance of WoW creators, working together for peace, justice and traffic charity fundraising. I completely missed the most recent round of good works, but hope to be involved in future efforts. Anyway, head over and check them out

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I also owe you guys an apology. The ad network I use has recently started defaulting to Google ads when there is unsold inventory. This is Not a Good Thing, because it means that there were occasional gold seller ads appearing here, which I don't want happening. So, now I've signed up for Azeroth United, you'll find this appearing instead of the Google Ads:

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Yup. A nice wee Azeroth United ad. So, sorry about the gold ads. You won't see them no more.   

I've just done a clean-up of my blogroll (far right, for those of you reading on the web; click through for those of you in Google Reader), and it was quite a sad experience. Many of the blogs that I read and interacted with most in my early days of WoW blogging have gone, some of them wiped from the internet completely. Indeed, I'm beginning to feel like an old-timer around here, and that's sobering when you realise that I've only been going two years and change…

However, the good new is that I got to add some new folks:

  • Unbelievably, Restokin wasn't on the blogroll, so Lissanna joins as a Hawt Hybrid
  • Equally unlikely was the fact that The Daily Druid wasn't on the list
  • Brand, spanking new is Rustled Leaves, a rustlin' Respected Resto
  • Joining Kirstimah is Rejuvo, Brian's resto blog
  • And Life in Azeroth has joined the UnDruids category

However, some of those categories are looking pretty anemic right now. The attrition rate on Feral blogs has been particularly horrible. Are you a druid blogger not on the list? Do you know any? Let me know in the comments!

It has come to my attention that the RSS feed has been broken – when I moved here to Squarespace it changed and so hadn't been updating those of you that were subscribed before.  I tried to fix this in Feedburner but it clearly hasn't worked.  The only fix that I can see is manual.

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Doing my bit to share the word of a moved blog…