As another two weeks have passed, it is time to take another look at how Druids are faring in this tier or content. Since we’ve already talked quite a bit about why we are having problems, and how it needs to be fixed, I’m not going to elaborate a whole lot more on that. This is partly becaue the new charts show some interesting things, and I have a few other things I want to discuss.
Let’s start with what the numbers tell us. As a reminder, I am only evaluating how Druids are performing in a 25 man raid content because this is my raid setting. If you are raiding 10s and rocking it, good on you! Go on with your bad self.
In looking at these numbers, you can see that Druids are still rolling along at the bottom. Disc priests have soared as they received buffs and starting gaining familiarity with their toolkit. Paladin and shaman seem to have plateaued, while Druids continue to struggle with the same problems we have since release. Aside from priests, not much has appreciably changed since our last look.
Until we take a look at how heroics are looking.
I think we now have enough people stepping into heroics that it is worth taking a quick look at how we are doing. Druids are again bringing up the rear. However, what I find more interesting about this graph is how the rise of the disc priest has affected the other healers. You can see that, as priests turned back to disc, the added mitigation brought some of the other classes a bit. You see that is has affected Druids and holy priests the most. For Druids, the added mitigation only increases our frustration that were previously only competing with raw healing done – it essentially almost makes our “niche” non-existent as absorbs, combined with the powerful mana regen and tools available to disc priests, prevent the damage that our hots would have buffered while waiting for other heals. I think holy took such a hit because many priests moved to disc, so the sample size is much smaller than in previous weeks.
While the rise of our bubble lords did some to equalize everyone but Monks, we find that Druids are still struggling to keep up with the pack.
ARGH! So is it ever going to get better?
This little tidbit was in twitter the other day. So…here’s hoping!
Why aren’t we going to see anything in 5.1?!?!
Well, I’m not on the dev team, but my best guess is that they want to see how the chips fall after the monk nerfs. Does waiting fix up problems, even if the monk nerfs help us? No. Regardless of the nerfs Mushrooms need a fix. Regardless of nerfs, we still need a way to deal with burst AE damage.
However, of all the healers, I suspect that the monk nerfs will be felt by us the most. That is to say that, of all the healers, we will probably receive the most benefit. And I suspect that Blizzard wants to see exactly how that is going to play out. Is it frustrating nothing is being fixed in the interim? Hell yes! But it is mildly refreshing to see something definitively saying mushrooms aren’t in a good place.
It is NOT just you
Amongst other things I’ve done this week, I made the mistake of going to the official forums. Unfortunately, I can never take unsee what was seen there, but there was one thing I wanted to clarify.
In all of the back and forth and arguments happening, I saw the statement that if you are struggling to heal and perform as a druid “it’s not the class, it’s you” thrown about several times. It was enough to make my blood boil, because it is an inherently FALSE statement.
I will not disagree that sometimes the player is the problem, the caliber of players who have been complaining and struggling is indicative of the problems with the class right now. On my raid team right now, I consistently feel that if I do my BEST I’m in the middle of the pack (at best) and if I don’t do my best I’m bringing up the rear – and trust me, being the bottom healer isn’t something I’ve dealt with well. Especially when I know that I’m working hard, and I know that I’m a strong healer.
When I heal with another, very competent Druid and we can both rank in the top 100 Druids parsing…and we are healer 4 and 5 of 6 healers, that is a problem that is absolutely NOT player related. When I can rank in the top 20 Druids parsing in a fight to have two classes out heal me my more than 20k HPS in the same fight – that is a problem that is NOT player related.
If you are struggling, do not assume it is you. The class is not in a great spot right now in 25s. Take the time to review your logs, evaluate your performance and find areas of improvement. But if you are still performing well against your class, please do not get down on yourself because some idiot is being close minded and freely tossing around opinions that are inherently wrong. Always look for improvement in your play, always. But if you are strong comparative to others in your class – it is NOT you, and there IS likely a disconnect within your class that needs to be fixed.
And last but not least, seething that’s helped me is to stop looking at any color other than orange on the healing meter at the end of the night. If it isn’t orange, I don’t care. I’m going to go compare myself only to other orange meters to find improvement – because doing anything else at this point is an exercise in frustration and only gets me down on myself. So I’m focusing in things more in my control – and I’m focusing on improving my own play pull after pull, and raid after raid. Because, really, what else can you do?