I don't main a Balance Druid, but I played one at 85 in LFR Dragon Soul and I was decent at the rotations and the overall feel, etc. I loved how Balance played: everything from how Moonkin formed looked to the engaging Eclipse mechanic.
However, reading through Balance DPS guides, it seems that being a Moonkin may be slightly annoying. I especially mean this in regards to the preparation right before a boss: it seems cruel to have to
1. Shift Forms
4. Astral Communion for over 10 seconds just to get an optimal opener
While of course I greatly value distinctness between classes, it seems to me that this type of preparation needed is quite tedious and, in my opinion, not very fun at all, especially when other classes can simply pull the boss without even close to this much set-up time, save for a pre-pot or an Army of the Dead.
What do you guys think about this? Is it good to help keep the class unique? Does it help separate bad players from better, more DPS concerned players? Or is it simply an annoyance that should be removed?