I’m not used to Raiding with Oomkin…
It’s a phrase I’ve been hearing a lot lately, even in my own Guild.
For some odd reason, there’s not a lot of us (meaning actively raiding Balance Druids) out there. Don’t misunderstand, I do still raid as Feral (Bear) but that’s usually on nights that one of our plate tanks can’t make it (we usually run 2 Paladin tanks). No Warrior Tanks or Death Knight Tanks in this Guild, mainly because they’re both classes that are, apparently, either REALLY hard or REALLY easy to play. I guess it depends on who you ask.
In any event, things being what they are, I’m now raiding as Balance, and I can’t say I’m disappointed. The Resto Druid in Guild has been doing this for longer than me so has the gear he needs, which means a lot of the loot drops are going to me (except those damned T13 shoulders…*shakes fist* Curse you, Tristwood!) to get Dreddnought geared out as Balance and as Feral (Bear) because Tristwood doesn’t raid as anything other than Resto. Technically speaking, as Feral (Bear) / Balance I have a little more utility, but he brings the Heals, so I’m not complaining if a drop goes to him.
It’s been a bit of a shift, going Balance, but I’d like to think I’m adjusting well. I can’t wring as much DPS out of the character as I’d like so I’m having a few issues, one is rotation. I know that certain attacks hit like the proverbial truck (50+K crit Starfires and Starsurges) and others are filler (Moonfire, Insect Swarm, I’m lookin’ at you) and I know that I’m supposed to get between Eclipse states as fast as I can, but there’s not a lot else to the rotation. Even Faerie Fire gets left by the wayside in the effort to spam the right spell to get to Eclipse, and with almost 25% Haste Raid-buffed I can’t help but think I’m missing something. Like MOAR HASTE!
I have enough Spirit to get to 17.20% Hit (with 2/2 Balance of Power) and from there I’m thinking I’ll just re-gem and re-forge everything to Haste. It seems my in-combat mana regen is stuck at 931 regardless of what I do so for now I’m going to see about going pure Haste once I have hit capped and see where that takes me.
If there are any of my readers out there that DO play Moonkin, chime in and tell me where I might be going wrong or the rotation you use, I’d LOVE to hear it!