Something very, very interesting caught my eye in one of today’s blue posts (you know, the one where they nerfed Disc Priests and Buffed Resto Shaman…again). Interesting enough that I thought it deserved its very own quick post and some discussion.
We agree with the sentiment among some players that Restoration druids and Restoration shaman are lacking in the healing cooldown department. The shaman buff and Power Word: Shield adjustment above should bring all healers reasonably close in terms of throughput. The decision on who to bring then might end up being dictated by the strong cooldowns offered by paladins or priests. This isn’t the kind of thing we can address via a hotfix, but it is something we are looking at for the next major content patch.
As always, we appreciate your continued constructive feedback and will do our best to keep you informed of ongoing developments. source
Druids and Shaman have been fighting through several expansions for some form of offensive cooldown to put them on par with Priests and Paladins. And many people have opined on the topic, and offered suggestions hoping that someday this would fall on the ears of a willing Dev who understood the true disadvantage Shaman and Druids faced because they were lacking in this area.
Without much more to go on than what was stated in the post above, exactly what we will be getting remains a complete mystery. A targetable barkskin that would reduce the damage taken by the target has often been the favored hope by many a druid – with some creative thinkers in the community thinking about how it could potentially be tied to ToL to give us something competitive/similar to Power Word: Barrier.
While this seems to be in the very early stages, and no decisions have been made yet, it is absolutely something to be excited about.
If you had a hand in the design, what kind of offensive cooldown would you give to druids? How about Shaman?