What do you guys feel balance druids need for next expansion?
The most requested thing I've seen is an AoE that doesn't require setup/ruining natures grace.
Here are my ideas/thoughts:
Starsurge proc waste gets higher with more gear, not that we'll need it for a little while, but I'd like to see the ability to stack shooting stars procs up to 2 or 3. I know this messes with PvP balance, maybe make it so you can't proc a stack off a player or that they deal reduced damage to players with more stacks.
Movement sucks. A lot. Even with more gear, all we do is pray for SS procs and then spam moonfire/sunfire. It's lame. I like the skill involved with stutter-stepping when there's not much movement, but fights like thok and shamans suck. Being able to stack procs might help, because we could have 2 full GCD's to move, but it won't solve the whole issue.
I'd like to see Astral Communion useable on the move (like the PvP 4 set) so that we can at least protect our NG during heavy movement periods.
AoE is crap. Our hurricane is nice, but it costs us NG uptime, but it's lame how it is right now. Mushrooms we use on pull and when we don't have DPS uptime on a boss (Save damage for a future point), these hit for almost nothing right now.
Add a new spell that can be used for AoE, possibly retool current abilities.
Mushroom retool: Make it so we can put it on a target like the resto shroom, have it deal pulse damage or explode like a mage bomb. Still possible to put on ground, let us detonate for burst damage/slow/get rid of when it's not needed like current. I feel like this might just get layed down passively all the time, maybe make it eat mana similar to hurricane/AS unless it hits multiple targets like Chain Lightning.
Starfall: Put the splash damage back on to it so we get some AoE in lunar!
Hurricane/AS retool: I don't mind having a stronger eclipse for AoE like right now, but the fact we get so fucked by AS that it's better to just single target is boring. I'd like to see a similar mechanic to chain lightning (as mentioned above) where it eats mana to keep passively, but let us throw out hurricane/AS like Rain of Fire. Set it and forget it.
Another option is letting us cast starsurge procs during the channel. Maybe even have it apply a shortened/weakened version of moonfire/sunfire to all targets. Or have it proc starsurges with its own ticks.
Revert or lessen the Shooting Stars proc rate nerf. This just needs to be done going into the next expansion. If it's not reverted for the first few tiers, Balance druids are going to be abysmal. The high proc rate only was an issue during this tier because of higher gear levels.