So I’ve decided to change my opening moves. Up until now I’d just sneak up and open with Mangle. There’s really no benefit to doing it that way as Druids don’t get any ‘real’ openers until level 22 when they get Ravage. The big downside to my method is that I blow all my energy upfront and when I use Ferocious Bite as a Finishing Move, it doesn’t really finish off the opponent…then I’m stuck scratching face until I get more energy. Somewhere in there, I’d toss up a Thorns if I could remember. The whole process doesn’t really work (i.e. I’m not killing anyone) so I’m mixing it up.
I’ve decided to start opening at max distance if possible (unless its a Hunter) with Moonfire (which also gives pushback as it has a direct damage component…and its macroed to summon my Surveyor) and Insect Swarm, then follow them with Thorns before going Feral. My plan is to then stack combo points with Mangle (which would also trip my Lifeblood and Berserking for some decent haste and a HoT as they’re all macro’ed together), Rake, Mangle, Mangle. At this point I’m out of energy and I need to buy some time so I can toss up Rejuv and my two DoTs before going back to Feral. I could hopefully then do one more Mangle and then dump all five points with a Ferocious Bite. With 2/2 in Predatory Strikes I’d be able to cast an instant Wrath, at which point they’d theoretically be dead. Somewhere in there, I’d chug a Healing Potion or a Holy Protection Pot.
I’m also changing up my Battle Elixir. I was using either a +8 Strength Elixir or +5 Agility Scroll (I don’t have the recipe for +6 Agility), but I’m switching to an Elixir of Wisdom for +11 Intellect. Between the DoTs and the HoTs, I think I’d get more mileage out of the spellpower bonus.
I’d also pop a Chipped Power Core in there somewhere as well…probably before I open as they last 30 seconds (most of a fight). Popping it before I open also means I don’t need to worry about macro’ing it (and more importantly, when to use it and when not to..I like my macros to be “always or never” type of deals).
Hopefully my revamped strat will give me half a chance against 19’s at the Gurubashi chest (I decided to start checking the 6am chest).