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Mom
 Mom
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Hello,
I am 99% sure i am going for that sweet furry friend for classic.
I think the druid class has super rich lore and cool flavor, and i like the idea of being a forest dude.
I was wondering if any of you guys have any fun or cozy stories from playing the druid and general druid experiences Smile

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Topic starter Posted : 05/07/2019 12:07 am
Rinkusan
(@rinkusan)
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Hi Mom!

I do love the Druid experience in Classic, too.

Aside from the obvious reasons of versatile gameplay, I also, like you, enjoy the lore.

Night Elves and Tauren, putting aside faction conflict for the greater good of the Earth-mother within the Cenarion Circle, keeping the balance in Azeroth despite the petty wars of mortals; I find this badass. The Cenarion Circle is a faction I would love to be more directive for the personalities of NPC Druids in the game as well as more integrated into questing.

Also, holding the power of the sun and moon in your hands is seriously wicked, as to me it feels even more supernatural than shamans and mages wielding the power of the elements. Together with shamans, to me druids somewhat identify as the hippies of Azeroth, combining their love and respect for the forces of nature into a kind of Shinto'esque worldview, which I can appreciate as it makes for some truly straightforward and no bullshit characteristics.

I have felt in the past that an opportunity was missed to create a little fun teasing or even real animosity between these hippie classes / races and others like the goblins & gnomes / mages & warlocks who - at the other extreme of the spectrum - exploit natures power rather than aspiring communion with it.

Last but not least, shape-shifting! I mean, shamans can do it too, but Druids are superior to that, which can be seen as proof of their ultimate intimacy with nature and its forces. Here I also thought a chance was missed, though. I find it weird that everyone in Azeroth is just sort of cool with these dudes being able to turn into animals. I would think there are at least some who would find this freaky. I mean, Taurens get teased about being Tree Lovers and talking to spirits and shit, but nobody dares calling a Druid a freak of nature because he fucking turns into animals. Then again, maybe I just missed it.

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Posted : 05/07/2019 12:50 am
Selexin
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Hi Mom, welcome to Barrens.chat!

Well said from Rinkusan, and I agree with the points. Versatility for me is the biggest benefit to playing a Druid. If you really want, you can fill all 4 roles in the game varying between levels of viability. If you want to heal, fantastic, you've just nailed a guaranteed raid spot. If you're a dedicated Feral, you will nail down an off-tank and off-DPS spot without too much hassle. If you want to be a Moonkin, you can find a niche position in a friendly guild, or even pursue a hybrid caster/healer spec to fill multiple roles.

PvP is fun, it is challenging and it is like playing Chess (sometimes). You will strategise, outmaneuver and outwit a lot of players if you can utilise your full range of abilities. Feral is particularly strong, as you can supplement mobility and decent damage output with versatile healing options and melee crowd control.

I want to get into the lore a lot more this time around. I always got into the Tauren Druid 'feel' - but I think I can appreciate the lore and stories a lot more this time. 15 years adds a different spin on things. I can't wait!

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Posted : 05/07/2019 3:39 am
Tec
 Tec
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The more I hear about druids outside of reddit the more I want to play one LoL
It really is a unique class, isn’t it.

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Posted : 05/07/2019 3:45 am
Rinkusan
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It really is a unique class, isn’t it.

It is. With the right spec, the difference between being a healer, a caster dps or a tank can be as little as changing gear and shifting your shape.

Druid players are fewer in number than others, but we are very outspoken about the fact that we love our class.

A "jack of all trades, master of none" class will always be in the cross-hairs of efficiency advocates. It used to be the case that there was a lot of hate for PvE Druids in any spec other than healing. Now since the private server community got larger and more knowledgeable about the game, other specs have been redeemed.

In the end, playing a Druid adds to a PvE group in more forms than just dealing damage, healing or tanking. https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=20484/rebirth and https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=29166/innervate , as well as spells like https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=2637/hibernate can have significant value.

The same goes for PvP, of course, which is why a Druid is a well loved addition to any premade team & at this point, almost required for a Warsong premade as flag carriers due to https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=783/travel-form and https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=24866/feline-swiftness .

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Posted : 05/07/2019 4:23 am
Tec
 Tec
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It really is a unique class, isn’t it.

It is. With the right spec, the difference between being a healer, a caster dps or a tank can be as little as changing gear and shifting your shape.

Druid players are fewer in number than others, but we are very outspoken about the fact that we love our class.

A "jack of all trades, master of none" class will always be in the cross-hairs of efficiency advocates. It used to be the case that there was a lot of hate for PvE Druids in any spec other than healing. Now since the private server community got larger and more knowledgeable about the game, other specs have been redeemed.

In the end, playing a Druid adds to a PvE group in more forms than just dealing damage, healing or tanking. https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=20484/rebirth and https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=29166/innervate , as well as spells like https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=2637/hibernate can have significant value.

The same goes for PvP, of course, which is why a Druid is a well loved addition to any premade team & at this point, almost required for a Warsong premade as flag carriers due to https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=783/travel-form and https://classic.wowhead.com/spell=24866/feline-swiftness .

Think I’m gonna be a Druid come classic LoL LoL
Something entirely new and very unique and like you said, a great support toolkit.

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Posted : 05/07/2019 4:32 am
Rinkusan
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Welcome to the family, Friend Smile

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Posted : 05/07/2019 4:34 am
Tec
 Tec
(@tec)
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Welcome to the family, Friend Smile

Thanks Mr. Green

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Posted : 05/07/2019 4:47 am
Elian
(@elian)
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Hey it's ok my guy druids are cool!
Nobody in they right mind would think that you are a furry

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Posted : 05/07/2019 5:05 am
Tec
 Tec
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Hey it's ok my guy druids are cool!
Nobody in they right mind would think that you are a furry

https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/001/341/938/73a

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Posted : 05/07/2019 5:35 am
Alnir
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It's refreshing to see 'lore' coming up more and more these days (at least for me) as a genuine point of consideration for class/race selection. I love the RPG aspect of WoW and sometimes it's nice not to feel so alone in that sense Smile
Night Elves and Tauren, putting aside faction conflict for the greater good of the Earth-mother within the Cenarion Circle, keeping the balance in Azeroth despite the petty wars of mortals; I find this badass.

Not to bring BFA into this, but I've always wondered how Tauren druids felt about the burning of Teldrassil... Sad

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Posted : 05/07/2019 5:54 am
Rinkusan
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Not to bring BFA into this, but I've always wondered how Tauren druids felt about the burning of Teldrassil...


Sorry, couldn't resist 😀

Joking aside, they better be fucking disgusted.

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Posted : 05/07/2019 6:10 am
Tec
 Tec
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Unfortunately the lore have been pretty poor in game at least and I can’t seem to find much about horde druids thought on the burning of teldrassil either so I have no clue.

As far as I know Baine was more or less blackmailed into this and Baine was sent to lead the horde side of the Cenarion Circle along with the horde side of the Earthen Ring to help heal the wound during the burning, I don’t think any Tauren or druids was around it when it was happening, and Sylvanas probably did it for this reason. Nobody to stop her, although the in game story don’t add up with the novels.

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Posted : 05/07/2019 6:33 am
Kaiju
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Not to bring BFA into this, but I've always wondered how Tauren druids felt about the burning of Teldrassil...

In before Thunder Bluff burns?

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Posted : 07/07/2019 9:24 am
Latsiv
(@latsiv)
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druids somewhat identify as the hippies of Azeroth

100%!

druid was my first character, and you will feel like the definition of speed out there once you hit 30 and start blazing around in travel form.

my favorite story from my druid was soloing the spider boss in LBRS https://classic.wowhead.com/npc=10596/mother-smolderweb by alternating hibernate/starfire. it took a while each time and ended up taking many runs, but i eventually got my https://classic.wowhead.com/item=16715/wildheart-boots from her.

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Posted : 07/07/2019 1:20 pm
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