No Colours anymore I want them to stay black.


I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door and must have it painted black
Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facin’ up when your whole world is black

Paint It Black – Rolling Stones

 

I sympathise with the resto druids worried about losing their form in the expansion. Changing from being a permanent form, to temporary form.

Imagine if you took Shadow Form off a Shadow Priest? – I would get upset.  Even though you can never see the colour of my gear,  and that I do not wear a shirt so you can see cleavage.  That I painstakingly picked the colour of my tabard to match,  that you can’t tell I’m on a ‘special’ mount because it’s Shadow.  Blue drake – what blue drake.  They’re all blackish purple. I could stand naked in Ironforge, and I would still be ‘modestly covered.

It may not bode well with us Shadow Priests if they take away druid tree form. 

Shadow Form is great for instant identification as to class and spec.  Every body knows you can only get shadow form if your deep enough into the tree to be considered ‘shadow’ spec,  besides being furry, feathery, or leafy – what other class besides the druid, and a shammy ( and only in travel form)   are so easily identifiable.? We can determine classes by accessories,  Pets,  Minons,  disco totems, gear, or those blue blue DK eyes – but we see a tree – we see resto druid, and going forward you won’t see a tree that often.

“Where’s the shadow priest?”  Just look for the black blob.

Special is being lost to homogenization

Warlocks have a metamorphosis ( if they are in the right spec) so while this musing is pure speculation,  without even a hint of such a change, and perhaps even fear mongering  annnnddddd  the ongoing debates on hybrids, and all the things that make our classes special that seem to be dispearing,  or getting shared.  Eg Shadow Priests getting Mortal strike – there is no reason why a Shadow Priest  couldn’t lose our form permanently and it become a buff,  or even the nuke we have so desired.

Shadow Form: Caster becomes embroiled in darkness, calling up their awesome shadowyness to increase Spell power, Haste, and Crit by 300 for 20 sec

So While it may be a little late to add to the campaign ( the fever for the druid protest seems to have passed a little - for in fear of my own shadowy skin

 

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4 Responses to “No Colours anymore I want them to stay black.”


  1. 1 Narx May 27, 2010 at 2:15 am

    I too disagree with this.

    I’d rather see some kind of extra buff maybe where the druid’s tree form grows more foliage or something when they proc the buff.

    Then again, I can also understand from the ever shifting lore perspective why losing the form to heal comes from. In WC3, Druids of the Claw could not heal in animal form. This follows through in WoW where most druid’s can’t cast heals from their animal form, ie bear, cat, flight, etc unless they come out of form.

    So it makes sense – kinda. But it does lose druid’s their distinctive identification… :(

  2. 2 Grimmtooth May 27, 2010 at 4:11 am

    My druid is not yet at treeform stage so I don’t know how much they get from that form, but shadow priests get a TON of stuff from going monotonic that would require a LOT of rewrite to compensate for.

    Having said that, I cherish the little special bits of each class that make them unique. Shadow priest shadowform is one, as is tree druid. I mean, what next? Take away Beast Mastery from BM hunters so we can’t tame spirit beasts or Fel Reavers? Too far, I say!

  3. 3 Jasyla May 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I don’t think they’ll be taking away shadow form any time soon. Shadow form isn’t really comparable to tree form. While it does change your appearance, you can still see your character; know what race it is, know the approximate gear they have by just glancing at a priest in shadow form. With tree form there is absolutely no sense of individuality. Everyone looks like the same tree. You say taking away tree form is making us more homogeneous. I think looking exactly the same as every other resto druid no matter what faction, race or gear level is much worse.

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