Symbiosis was a huge factor for deciding on druid arena comps as well as invaluable tool to cheese raiding mechanics...I could throw out literally dozens of boss fights where it was make or break for many teams.
"Getting barkskin back" as balance/resto just plain sucks from a fun and a mechanics perspective. I understand that ultimately they're going to balance pvp and pve around druids not having symbiosis but I thoroughly enjoyed the ability to swap symbiosis targets on a fight-by-fight basis depending on what was optimal and my raid was rewarded with having more flexibility with personal soaking / DR CDs. As far as I'm concerned it's a lose-lose for druids and their teammates even though the dev team wins by having to spend less time balancing around it.
I'm going to miss Life Grip It was nice showing Priests how to properly use their own ability.
Bear health nerf is going to be another big Feral defensive CD nerf. In fact if raid damage is like Blizzard says you might as well not even bother and just stay kitty for the 20% extra healing
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Symbiosis was a nice and unique spell. Always liked it, be it on my druid or other classes.. on that note, gonna miss the [Overgrown Lilypad]. I wonder if they do something to it, or simply turn it into vendor trash.
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With the change in the healing meta game being more about sustained healing rather then burst healing, plus the INCREDIBLE amount of healing ferals can do with DoC, the 20% extra healing for Cat Form will be mandatory for ferals.
In the meantime Rogues keep Feint, Elusiveness, Evasion, Smokebomb, Cloak of Shadows, Vanish and Cheat Death.
Well, fun abilities are ofc getting removed, having any kind of fun is not allowed in Blizzards mmos', no it needs to be serious all the time.
It was a nice ability and not that hard to learn (they claimed it was too much to remember, with all the classes and specs) plus it added some variety to the gameplay. And as a resto I really enjoy casting symbiosis on a shaman and then running around in my tree of life form, swinging the branches and casting tranquility. Oh, good times...