My baby druid Zahre ( I like Z’s ) is level 31 now, and yes despite the uglyness of the new tree form. She is resto, and will probably hit 80 before Cata since for now she is shiny and new and interesting, and even a bad LFG and repeated runs of SM Graveyard is better than the time it takes , and all the frack arounds of a bad ICC pug.
So how about those new tree forms eh…
Larissa said that they look “aggressive and masculine” and Zelmaru from Murloc Parliment calls its a “not-tree” and Sarindre’s from Through the Eyes of the tree quotes her husband as calling it a “leafy golem” and Keeva from Tree Back Jacket says ” It looks very masculine, complete with leafy Goatee” Kea from Dreambound says ” They’re still grumpy old tree men” Analogue from Looking for more says “this is abominable”
check out Looking for More’s mini comic on the new form too Warn your Gnomes
Where is the love? Though apparently you are able to Gylph it back to the old form.
I shall make a general observation. Most Resto druids I know have been female. ( this is mainly resto druid raiders as I have not been in a social only guild for years) This doesn’t mean all girls play druid healers, or only healers, but I believe that it is a general consensus that female players have leaned strongly towards healing classes, I am sure there are plenty of exceptions. Though It’s already been noted that most of our resto druid bloggers are female .
This ugly change – and while I have yet to put it through the new Ugly test on the Iphone, I don’t find appealing at all. I dread when I shall be shifting in it, when I play my druid I want to feel nature connected, graceful yet powerful. Not a unweldy chunk of wood and foliage. It is odd that they chose this model considering that studies like the Daedalus Project have shown in Our Virtual Bodies, Ourselves that “women are more than twice as likely to prefer the attractive choice.” Why change a relative gender neutral form into a an undeniably masculine one that is not attractive at all, especially when it seems to most certainly be a female preference. I personally think it looks like someone has slapped a Halloween – over exaggerated featured face mask on it.
Is it to make it more appealing for males to play? Does a more masculine looking druid form make you feel more manly and powerful, and therefore want to play such a class or spec more. I wasn’t expecting the new form to be wearing skirts, and I know a lot of the druids have wanted a change from looking like Ents, but still. Please make it prettier, because as shallow or as gender sterotypical it sounds. I like pretty.
Tree form. The Mans Tree