So I love the idea of going Resto to do some flag-carrying in WG (I really hate getting webbed by hunters…really), but being Resto gimps me soo much in dungeon queues that I don’t bother with it. Yeah, I could hang out in Org and just re-spec every time I want to run a dungeon, but I don’t want to be tied to a trainer all the time. My reasons are all driven by the Darkmoon Faire oddly enough.
I’ve participated pretty well in the Dakrmoon Faire since it came out, but I still have one mount and three pets to buy from the Darkmoon Faire (reason being I bought a weapon and shoulder armor). That’s about 4-5 months worth of tickets so MoP will probably be out before I finish, and that means there’ll probably be a few more things to buy. I don’t see myself being done with DMF tickets before the end of 2012.
Now, how do you get tickets? Well, one way is the four dungeon artifacts are worth 10 tickets each…and the fastest way to get those is to queue as a tank while I’m wandering around the world doing whatever else I’m doing. My strategy is to queue 3 dungeons (BFD, WC, and SFK) and see what pops. If there’s more than 1 or 2 bosses left in the dungeon, I’ll drop out of queue, remove that dungeon from my selection and then re-queue. USUALLY a dungeon will pope with only 1 or 2 bosses left and I’ll hop into that dungeon. That gives me a chance at an artifact for 5-10 minutes worth of dungeon running. I can keep doing this and run 3 or 4 dungeons in the time it would take me to make one full run. If I queue and nothing but full-dungeon runs pop for all the dungeons, I’ll just go about farming whatever I’m farming (or pop into WSG) and try again in 5 minutes.
Now, that whole process requires that dungeon queues pop instantly…and they do as a tank (sometimes as a healer, but not near as often). And I have to be Feral spec to tank…I can’t tank as Resto (I ‘ve tried, its just not possible to hold aggro). I CAN, however, heal just fine in Feral spec so being Feral lets me queue all three rolls. Its going to suck a bit more in MoP as I won’t be able to heal with a Feral spec (Feral is only getting Rejuv, which reaaaaally blows), but queuing as a tank will still be the way to go for instant queue pops (which lets me cherry pick the dungeons I want to run).
So until I’m done wanting to focus on the last bosses of BFD, WC, and SFK (2nd to last boss in BFD also drops) – which means when I’ve bought all the DMF stuff; I’m going to stick with a tank spec. Now, I could say “well, I’ll go Resto once I’m done farming the artifacts for the month”…which is a great idea. The only problem is that, so far, it just hasn’t worked out that way. If I played more, it’d happen, but even with my strategy, I don’t always get all 4 artifacts by each Faire…and even if I did, I’d still want to focus on grinding pets and that requires that I be Feral.
Right now, the only thing that going Resto does for me is allow me to shift out of Roots and gives me a wee bit more survivability with heals. I could say that it allows me to really heal in BG’s; but not only are Resto Druids the weakest PvP healers, I don’t have BoA healing gear yet anyway….so Feral it is.
On a side note, I don’t think I’ll ever roll a non-tank class again…it just makes PvE stuff so much easier. 🙂