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    A Guide to: Tree Slap DPS

    I've decided to write this guide so that all of the aspiring druids out there will know that they have options for DPS specs aside from the standard feral and moonkin specs. In endgame raids (Icecrown 25 and heroic 25 ToC), tree slap DPS is a surprisingly viable option. With the right gear and a little guidance, you'll find that you will be blowing away the meters in no time. I've split the guide up into three sections:

    I. Spec and glyphs
    II. Gear
    III. Rotation

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    I. Spec and glyphs

    Right now, http://www.wowhead.com/?talent#0VGfu...uxVzAcs:jxwMzm is the gold standard in tree slap DPS. This is not to say that you can't change talents around to suit your needs, but the spec is fairly cookie-cutter. However, there is an alternate spec that some tree slap druids go, where they drop Insect Swarm and Improved Moonfire and spend the points in resto to get to Wild Growth. This can be effective for tree slappers with high spell damage, but you'll need extra heals when you are thorns tanking because you won't get the -3% hit on the mob from Insect Swarm.(1)

    No matter what spec you choose, there are certain talents that are simply must-get, these include: Naturalist, Improved Tree of Life, and, of course, Brambles.

    As for glyphs, the options are fairly limited. I strongly reccomend:

    Majors: Barkskin, Rapid Rejuvenation, Hurricane
    Minors: Thorns, Unburdened Regrowth, Glyph of the Wild

    Glyph of Barkskin is a must-have, and Glyph of Hurricane can be helpful in dense-mobs situations.

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    II. Gear

    As far as gearing up, it is important to get high-armor spell power leather. You must get hit capped as soon as you possibly can. Once there, it is sometimes beneficial to swap out some spell power rings or necks for rogue necks with agility on them. Believe me, your healers will thank you for the extra dodge and armor when you are tree slap thorns tanking!

    Crit isn't terribly important, just make sure you have a healthy amount. Aside from hit, haste is probably your most important stat. You need those slaps to come as quickly as humanly possible. Stack haste until your eyes bleed!

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    III. Rotation

    The tree slap rotation is fairly complex. In a typical fight, you will want to dot up the target with moonfire and insect swarm. Once dotted, start slapping, but keep an eye on your health. If it begins to drop, pop Barkskin. Avoid the common mistake of trying to save it for scary situations. It's a 1 minute cooldown, so use it as such!

    I'd like to point out that you should already have Thorns casted on yourself. This baby is going to be your main source of damage throughout the fight. In the unlikely event that another DPS pulls the mob off of you, simply shift to bear, Growl, and shift back to tree form. However, you should kindly point out to your fellow raid members that having to do this several times during the fight will greatly diminish your DPS.

    When Clearcasting procs, use Hurricane. Obviously, pop Barkskin beforehand if it is up to avoid interruption. This is the tree slap druid tank's version of Thunder Clap and will keep bosses from beating you into the ground.

    Simply keep your dots refreshed and make sure thorns doesn't wear off (the minor glyph is a great way to avoid this) and keep slapping and your DPS should be respectable in even the toughest of raids. Thanks for reading, and keep slapping!


    (1) I feel I should point out that it is currently hotly debated within the tree slapping community as to whether the 3% reduced hit on the mob does more harm than good when you consider the damage of Thorns. Unfortunately I was unable to find any conclusive numbers on the subject, but I am of the opinion that Insect Swarm is generally better in that it doesn't depend on the attack speed of the mob or mobs attacking you. In the end, you'll simply have to make up your own mind.

    *Work Cited

    Skaggs of Spirestone originally made this and posted it on our guild website. I decided to share it with the world.



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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    What.

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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    More like !?!?!?!?!?

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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    Reported for sticky.

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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    Resto druid DPS LFG!

    So tell me, what kind of DPS are you seeing with this? :P
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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    Thanks OP for the good laugh, I needed that.

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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    Over 9000/10.

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    I'm hoping we got seriously Troll pwned....

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    GOD DAMN TREES!

    They keep stealing my DKs spots in raids, they can dps while they tank! Blizz must nerf this immediately!

    Because if not my Dk will be useless.... :'( :'( :'(

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    Over 9000 internets to you.

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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    This was just so bloody epic xD



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    I award you one internet and one cookie. Feel free to pick them up whenever.

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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Beorht
    I'm hoping we got seriously Troll pwned....
    i think we did, well i hope we did :-\

    So these 'dps tree's' are supposed to be tanks?

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    Re: A Guide to: Tree Slap DPS

    lmao epic!! 10/10!!

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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Proberly
    Over 9000 internets to you.

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    Re: A Guide to: Tree Slap DPS

    Hahaha, made me laugh so hard!

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    Re: A Guide to: Tree Slap DPS

    Great job, I´m so trying this next raid!


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    Re: A Guide to: Tree Slap DPS

    Haha the phenomenon of the DPS Tree Tank.

    Thank for this very imaginative post. I hope you do well tanking the Lich King on 25 Man HM while healing up the raid and doing 12k dps as well

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    Re: Tree Slap DPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Banzubie
    GOD DAMN TREES!

    They keep stealing my DKs spots in raids, they can dps while they tank! Blizz must nerf this immediately!

    Because if not my Dk will be useless.... :'( :'( :'(
    Arent u alrdy useless ?

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