Am I overanalyzing this? The Druid class has four specs. Some spells can only be used in normal form. Other spells can be used in any form but will automatically shift you into another form (i.e. Dash, Might of Ursoc). And then there are form-specific skills/spells.
I'm using Bartender and have the normal "1 through =" bar, the two bars just above that main bar, and two right bars. It's a basic setup. How in the world do I manage my action bars with such a wide variety of things going on? Do you keep Dash on your cat-only bar or leave it on a bar available in all forms since it may be useful to use while in, say, bear for a quick getaway?
After a long absence, I'm level 85 and figure that doing random dungeons as Guardian will be the most efficient use of my time to get to 90. I tanked in WotLK so I think I can handle it.
Given that I'll usually have multiple targets, does this setup make sense? (Using icy-veins advice on keeping thrash up and using mangle and swipe on cooldown)
1 - Savage Defense
2 - Thrash
3 - Macro that does "/cast Swipe, /cast !Maul"
4 - Macro that does "/cast Mangle, /cast !Maul"
5 - Lacerate
6 - Growl
7 - Berserk - should this be macroed in somewhere?
Shift 1 - Prowl
Shift 2 - Faerie Swarm
Shift 3 - Berserking (troll racial)
Shift 4 - Might of Ursoc
Shift 5 - Innervate
Shift 6 - Skull Bash
B4 - Barkskin
B5 - Mighty Bash
SB4 - Survival Instincts
SB5 - Entangling Roots
Shift E - Nature's Grasp
Shift G - Dash
Icy-veins gives the following for single target:
"Use Mangle Icon Mangle on cooldown (its cooldown has a chance to be reset by some of your other abilities, so you need to watch out for this).
Keep up the Thrash Icon Thrash bleed (lasts 16 seconds).
Keep up the debuff provided by Faerie Fire Icon Faerie Fire (lasts 30 seconds).
Spam Lacerate Icon Lacerate.
Use Maul Icon Maul only when
you are under the effect of a Tooth and Claw Icon Tooth and Claw proc;
you are at or very close to maximum Rage;
you do not need to use your active mitigation."
So should I unmacro swipe and mangle so they don't have Maul?
Ultimately, I'm simply looking to go from 85-90 as a tank efficiently and without my group getting killed.