For about 15 minutes yesterday, there was a blue post on the Druid Class Forums about a new druid form. Halfway through writing a blog about it, I tried to link it only to discover it had disappeared. I debated not writing about it, but if someone sticks their neck out like that, I might as well take a swing.
I don’t remember all the details, but apparently someone had QQ’d to Blizz about druids needing a threat reduction talent (true enough, I’ve complained about this a lot). Mages have invisibility, hunters have feign death, warlocks have soul shatter, priests have fade…you get the idea. Shadowmeld, while AWESOME, just doesn’t have the same raid viability as these other class abilities.
What was the answer to their cry of injustice? What else? Rep grinding and gold sinking. If the post was true, then druids will eventually be able to earn rep with D.E.H.T.A., turning many of the quests from D.E.H.T.A.’s Little P.I.T.A. into dailies (I’m sorry, I’m not sure if they said the faction would be open to other classes or not; I would imagine so, with varying class- or role-based rewards). Upon hitting exalted and for the cost of 1500g, we can buy Baby Mammoth Form. The form would be temporary, only lasting 20 seconds, but while in Baby Mammoth Form, threat is reset. Like mage invisibility (and I think Fade, but I’m not the priesty type), the form will break if you’re hit.
The lore here is loose at best. I’m guessing the idea is either a) that D.E.H.T.A. protects baby mammoths and would therefore protect you, or b) no one except Nessingwary-type crazies would want to hurt a baby mammoth. Somehow, I don’t think Tenebron would have any problem breathing fire down upon a mammoth anymore than he does a pack of hopeless raiders. But oh well, at least it’s something.
The better lesson here is this: don’t be a noob and pull aggro. If the tank’s dead, it’s probably a wipe anyway. But, if you’re like me and have the gold and the addiction to accumulating stuff like I do, and don’t like paying repair bills because Shadowmeld can’t save you anymore, what the heck? Go get Baby Mammoth Form. If nothing else, it will make for awesomely adorable screenshots, right?
They didn’t have a picture for what it might look like, so let me remind you of the cuties:
Truth be told, I <3 the baby mammoths. So freakin’ cute. But I’m not sure I want to be one.
We’ll see. I have a feeling I’m going to be laying down another 1500g sometime in the future, though. What can I do? A sucker is born every day, and I’m pretty sure I was the one for my brithdate.