I have a question about this talent. Do your party members have to be close to you? Or can you be grouped up with a friend who's leveling in the Barrens while you're leveling in Howling Fjord and still get the damage reduction?
There is still no downside to having a group just in case you get extra adds on a difficult quest boss or something
Correct there is no downside...to having a group. The downside is in finding a group and then organizing quest completion.
Not that many people actually group while questing unless it's for a boss quest or the like.
Also, it's not that big a deal either. Rarely do I ever have to hit up bear form for solo questing and when I do I still end up having plenty of life. The change is an overall buff imo. We now have MORE dmg in bear which is great for PvP and threat, especially for multiple targets. More importantly than that it gives us a straight out 15% mitigation to magic dmg, somthing we didn't have before.
The downsides. 2v2 and 3v3 arena will be at a slight disadvantage vs a 5v5 team.
Its forcing us to spend talent points to replace mitigation(physical) that we had anyway
I propose it be a 10% mitigation to dmg all the time if specced for it. I could even go for dropping the AP bonus, although with a lot less strg on leather gear, we may need it.
If that's the case, then probably bugs will creep in and we'll have a nice little buff there until it's fixed in the next hot patch, hehe...
I was implying more the opposite. Two bears are in a group, their aura does not stack, and due to some unanticipated flaw in the code, one bear gets his/her 15% mitigation and the other one just goes squish.