I will keep this short and to the point. After seeing the Cataclysm class changes preview of Rogue and Druid I feel the need to reiterate an opinion I have held for a while now.
Combo points need to stack on the Rogue or Druid and not their target. I realize for PvP purposes this will need to be looked at closely but the new ability of Rogues Redirect (81) looks really cool but lets be honest this is an ability that should not even need to exist and if it is needed then it is something that rogues should have from about level 10/20 on. It is something that should be available for use while leveling. Furthermore no Cat equivalent was mentioned, however this is another area where it could simplify the “John Madden” effect that was mentioned when dealing with the Feral Cat rotation or should I say management system.
If we are worried about having too much burst from having combo points stack on the Rogue/Cat then also change combo points to stack from 1-5 to 1-10. This will add additional tweak points and granularity for damage and buffs. You could have points 1-5 scale linearly and 6-8 by powers and for real fun and burst 9-10 exponential. But the time required to get 9-10 combo points will be about 2X if we keep the current combo point generation rate. But even if 1-9 was linear with an extra boost at 10 for flair would not be uncalled for.
Now if Druids get another ability to equal Redirect for Rogues then that would be acceptable, not ideal but necessary. The real problem with the Druid class as a whole with the exception of Resto is all 3 other spec flavors directly parallel another class. This is actually OK because it is the nature of the Druid to be able to shift and therefore change what they are emulating relatively easily. This is less the case with Bears. Unless you time something perfectly you are not going to be able to shift out of Bear while a boss is wailing on you to do something in Caster or Cat form.
However here is the thing if Blizzard does not want the paralleled classes to play like their brethren then they need to create completely unique mechanics and resources for each flavor of Druid. This in the end is insane from a development standpoint let alone class balance. So in the end Cat and Bear need to have at least 50% of the tools that Protection Warriors and Rogues have access to including fundamental role and mechanical abilities, just not the flavor abilities.
Things not to copy:
- Vanish, even though we want it.
- Cloak of Shadows
- Shadow Dance
- Essentially most 41 and 51 point abilities.
Things that are copied or need to be:
- Last Stand
- Shield Wall
- Hunger for Blood
- Redirect(81), if it is implemented.
Anyway I will beat the horse one more time, to sum this all up, since combo points are here to stay then they need to be on the player and not the target.