Shadowlands - Druid Class Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thanks for all the feedback on Convoke the Spirits. It will have a further update in an upcoming build, focused on being oriented more around shapeshift forms, and including higher-value spells associated with each particular form.

Most importantly, the spell list is redesigned. It is no longer the same in every form.
  • Spells included in every form: Moonfire, Wrath, Regrowth, Rejuvenation, Rake, Thrash
  • Caster form only: Wild Growth, Swiftmend
  • Cat form only: Ferocious Bite, Shred, Tiger’s Fury
  • Bear form only: Mangle, Ironfur
  • Moonkin form only: Starsurge, Starfall

When used in any given form, spells assocatied with that form’s role are strongly favored.
Starsurge, Starfall, and Ferocious Bite don’t cost resources. Swiftmend doesn’t remove a HoT. Ferocious Bite does maximum damage. Self-buffs that don’t stack (Tiger’s Fury, Starfall) won’t overwrite themselves.

A bit of discussion about this ability–one dilemma with it is that while it actually chooses abilities somewhat smartly, it can’t claim to do so perfectly smartly. So the tooltip doesn’t promise to always choose the optimal ability, but in reality it does much better than random chance. Some things that were true in prior iterations, and still true now:
  • Spells that apply a DoT or HoT are favored on targets that don’t already have it, and generally won’t reapply to targets that do (some exception for Wild Growth).
  • It won’t aggro new creatures that aren’t in combat
  • It won’t break CC
  • Heals will be more favored relative to other spells if there are lower-HP targets
  • Thrash is used more often in Bear Form than in Cat Form

As always, let us know how it feels on alpha.

Pearl of the Abyss Secret Toy
Game Designers Jeremy Feasel and Russ Petersen have confirmed that the secret toy Pearl of the Abyss is not available in the game. Even though the hotfixes on July 2nd 2019 mention that the toy was obtainable, the item lost its toy tag and was removed from the Toy Box. To learn more about Hidden and Secret Toys in World of Warcraft check this guide.





Build of the Month - June 2020
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

All of the parts on this page are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase your parts through them it helps support the site!

This month
Stock of parts is low and prices are elevated due to the pandemic. You may have to shop different retailers or swap to similar parts due to availability.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Peripherals




Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.



Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated February 2020
$$$
Case NZXT H510
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W
CPU Intel i5-10600K
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S
Motherboard ASUS TUF Gaming Z490-Plus
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4
Graphics Card RTX 2060
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB
SSD SAMSUNG 970 Evo 500GB

Unicorn

Updated February 2020
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Case Fractal Design Define R6
Power Supply Corsair RM650x
CPU Intel i5-10600K
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15
Motherboard ASUS TUF Gaming Z490-Plus
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4
Graphics Card RTX 2060 OR
RTX 2070

Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB
SSD SAMSUNG 970 Evo Plus 1TB
This article was originally published in forum thread: Shadowlands - Druid Class Changes, Pearl of the Abyss Secret Toy, Build of the Month started by Lumy View original post
Comments 25 Comments
  1. literallysame's Avatar
    For the "Unicorn" peripherals you listed the monitor as 144hz but it literally says right on the Amazon page it is 60hz. Misleading much?

    Edit: OH and it isn't even an LG monitor but the same Dell one as below it.
  1. Sevensin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mouri Kogorou View Post
    it doesnt make any difference:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DKLA7w9eeA
    Do you really believe that bullsh*t for someone that runs personal adds every 1 min of the footage ?
    1st of all they dont provide any of the pc's configuration .. so that's shady .. only saying its almost equal configurations says everything.
    If you want ot check out the real speed, i swaped from a SATA ssd to a m.2 and i felt much difference when it really matters .. that is the loading screens .. not ingame playability becouse the come from the resources of many things (even wired or wirelless internet and if it is docsis related or ftth(ftto not considered))

    So its not so black and white has he states .. and every computer technician/engineer knows that .. please keep in mind that is youtube .. so its all bull"#$"#%
  1. DeltrusDisc's Avatar
    I wish mmo-champ would stop with these hilarious attempts at "builds" of the month. Often times they're copy+pasted for months on end and also... as others have already stated, some links were wrong and not to mention, some things really need updating.

    The 970 Evo SSDs were replaced by better (and hardly more expensive) 970 Evo PLUS SSDs.

    There should also be larger changes between the builds, hell both Intel builds are just i5s... come on, at least suggest people an i7 in the Unicorn build.

    Gah, these are low-effort.
  1. Leouch's Avatar
    intel, kek
  1. aryadneae's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tomana View Post
    See, folks, how the druid-playing devs are spending so much iterations on their favourite class so it's still OP as **** in all types of content?
    All the other classes can go and screw themselves (I feel for you shadow priests...)
    That's what I thought when I read it. Honestly, it wouldn't be that bad that for first time the druids are not doing great in all types of content. If they had spent the same amount of time to shadow than to druids, by now we would have gotten a fixed spec with fancy covenant spells and not the shit that we already have

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