World of Warcraft - Druid PVP Guide
You know how they say Blizzard always takes its time to balance out its games perfectly before releasing them, so that they're the best end-product the users can get at the point of launch? While I admire Blizzard's philosophy in this sense, they really screwed up with the Druid class in World of Warcraft, especially with the PVP druid. Overpowered. Nerfed. Buffed a bit. Buffed even more to become overpowered again. Nerfed to death. This has pretty much been the life cycle of the PVP druid in WoW's 4 year existence. It was either too powerful for all other classes (in 1-on-1 fights) or it was nerfed so bad at the request of said classes that it was almost frustrating to play as a druid in PVP. Recently, it seemed the buff/nerf cycle would end as Blizzard tried to balance the druid out, but when they did, the class ended up having one of the most frustrating bugs in game, the "range" bug. Instability and bugs aside, a druid can hold itself high in almost all PVP scenarios, their versatility making them one of the most fun classes to play as in end-game PVP. Basically, if you're tired of being feral in Warsong Gulch, you can always go moonkin for a bit and pwn some faces from range in Alterac Valley. Or better yet, if you want to be the object of dissent between many arena teams, roll restoration: a resto PVP druid is one of the best choices in Arena PVP. Although druids have limited crowd control in the form of Roots and Nature's Graps, they're awesome at countering enemy crowd controls. Take fighting a mage for example: as soon as you see them casting polymorph (yeah, get a good add-on for the cast bar by the way) go into travel form (you could switch to any form, but travel is cheapest mana-wise) and you'll be immune. PVP Druids are great at attrition fights due to their high survivability and HP/mana cycle. If you're feral, try to keep rejuvenation and regrowth on yourself whenever possible, then switch back to bear form and let your mana regen. True, it's not an endless cycle, because you'll eventually go OOM doing this, but it gives you enough time to chew on most classes. One of the most fun facts I found while PVPing with my druid was my ability to lure players into wasting their cooldowns and nukes. For example, most classes will save the nuke for when you're in human form, trying to heal yourself. If you go into human form earlier on (30% hp for example) you'll most likely lure them to try to finish you off with their nuke. Cast a fast heal and go to bear form immediately, then do a /lol and start clawing at their face. It's funny to see them standing there, with their nuke wasted, while you're still with full mana and topping your HP bar as well. You can practically see the "Oh sh*t" look on their faces in game :) By the way, one of the most interesting PVP battles I fought was against a fellow druid (me as restoration, him as feral). It took around 15 minutes and we both went on and off the edge, it was truly an epic PVP fight for me. He managed to score the final blow on me with as much as 300HP or something similar, but it was still an awesome experience.