World of Warcraft wraps up its Legion class previews with Druid and Rogue

    
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A whole expansion of these jerks! Maybe if it were orcs we'd be less bored, but...

There are a lot of leather-wearing classes in World of Warcraft at this point, and two of them are sharing the last round of class previews. Druids and Rogues are bringing up the tail end, but their lateness in the overall series doesn’t mean that they’ve gotten any less attention.

Druids are gaining more reasons to swap between forms with the new Affinity talents, which provide a flat buff at all times and core abilities to make the forms for other specs worth using. Balance is receiving a new variant on its rotation mechanics, Guardian Druids are being focused more heavily on flat mitigation and absorbing damage, and Restoration and Feral have both received minor clean-up passes for the spec mechanics.

Rogues, meanwhile, have had all three specs given more definite roles. Assassination is now the only spec with poisons and bleeds, still focused on building up with destructive damage. Subtlety is focused more heavily around Stealth, with the new Shadow Dance ability allowing Subtlety to move in and out of Stealth with high mobility. Last but not least, Combat has been renamed Outlaw and given a much more swashbuckling style of play with pistol shots and fencing. Check out the full entry for all of the details.

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DPandaren
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DPandaren

Sorenthaz They should have gone one handed with outlaw for the dig at Rogues when it was actually better to not go DW when playing them in Vanilla.

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DPandaren

tonymcs I feel like they wanted something unique to them with the Eclipse mechanic, but they just never knew what to do with it. The mechanic worked really really well in WAR and pretty much made my favorite class the best, but Blizzard just didn’t know what to do with it being a thing in their game.

Radfist
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Vanblod SallyBowls1 Radfist Monk healing was just bad in general in WoD (even as mistweaver), but was in a really good place in MoP. I could easily just DPS and passive heal on low heal requirement fights, then swap to mistweaving when needed.
Honestly I wish more MMO healers would work that way, where you can contribute to reasonable DPS (50-70% of pure damage class values?) while in low intensity fights / periods.

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Radfist

joshua12jd Well that kind of was the original intention of the cat form, it was meant to be a rogue. It is nice that there is now more differentiation.

tonymcs
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tonymcs

The best news for Balance Druids is the death of the Eclipse mechanic, which has been through so many iterations from annoying to awkward, but the Affinity talents are another welcome addition.  We’ve been able to swap to another spec with buffs for 45 seconds with the Heart of the Wild talent, but being able to shapeshift to a needed role on demand makes for some interesting strategies for druids – depending if there is a cooldown and its length.  Any druid should be able to offer another role in an encounter, where needed.  This can provide extra tanks, healers, melee and ranged dps on call and an all druid raid fluidly shapeshifting would be a delight to watch ;-)

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

So Rogues now get to be master assassins, ninjas, or freaking pirates.  

Guess it’s time for me to return to the class that was originally the first class I played in Vanilla (and couldn’t stand leveling to 60).

Gibs
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Gibs

could’ve just called it swashbuckle spec then…

evolv_monbly
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evolv_monbly

ManastuUtakata evolv_monbly to be fair, there does appear to be a red and black bird inbetween the stones on the far left. It could be a druid shape shifting or it could just be a piñata.

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evolv_monbly 
I always thought Druids everywhere had it wrong and Wow had it right. Take Stonehenge pic you sampled above; not one of them are in a cat, bear or owlbeast form! What gives? >.>

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evolv_monbly

Very excited about druid improvments. This was once my favorite class. Hopefully we will get something like we used to have or better. I used to love playing an almost perfect hybrid class. It was about the most fun i ever had leveling and in BGs.