Just a quick update today, but World of Raids has posted “updated” Blizzard descriptions of each class. In other words, when a new player were to read about each class, this is how they now describe druids.
Druids are shape-shifters with an affinity for the plant and animal kingdoms. There are three types of druids: Balance druids who cast Nature or Arcane spells at range, Feral druids who can take on the form of a cat or bear to fight in melee, or Restoration druids who can heal their allies with an emphasis on heal-over-time spells. All druids can shift into a variety of forms for travel or defense. Druid stats depend on their role. Healers desire Intellect and Spirit. Casters desire Intellect. Cats like Agility. Bears like Strength and Stamina.
This is the original description:
Druids are the keepers of the world and masters of nature with a diverse array of abilities. They are powerful healers, capable of curing poisons and raising fallen comrades in the thick of battle. Druids also command nature’s wrath, calling down ranged blasts of energy, summoning swarms of insects, or entangling their foes in the earth. But druids are also masters of the wild, able to shapeshift into a great bear, cat, or even sea lion, gaining their powers in combat or travel. Druids are a diverse class with a variety of playstyles, capable of filling any role.
The Druid gives players several play style options. A Druid in normal form is a caster that can fight with spells or weapons. In Bear form the Druid becomes a Warrior with Rage. While in Cat form the Druid becomes a Rogue with Energy and stealth. The Druid can also transform into two other special animal forms. With its ability to heal itself and fellow characters, the Druid can also take on the role of a Priest. A Druid is not as versatile in its abilities as a Priest is, lacking the spells Power Word: Shield, but is otherwise a very capable healer.
The description is more compact now and to the point where you can be one of 3 types and each type relies heavily on different stats (No mention of ArP for kitties!). Looking back at the original description I do find it amusing that they refer to druids are “not as versatile” as a priest lacking PWS. Back in the day, as many of us know there really was only one druid spec (resto) and there really was only one style of healing (Rank 4 HT spam!). Personally I didn’t start playing a druid, I actually started off as a Mage (picked a Mage from my D2 playing days). I played my Mage till about Chromaggus in BWL when my guild at the time was lacking healers so I decided to reroll Druid since we didn’t have many and added more versatility to the raid and I’ve been playing my Druid since.
How did you all start playing your druid?