A few changes were released as Patch 7.1.5 on the PTR on Tuesday. Among those affecting Restoration Druids:
- Displacer Beast Teleports you up to 20 yards forward, activating Cat Form and increasing your movement speed by 50% for
- Guardian Affinity You gain: Thick Hide Reduces all damage taken by
- Mass Entanglement Roots the target in place for
2030 sec and spreads to additional nearby enemies. Damage may interrupt the effect. Usable in all shapeshift forms.
- Moment of Clarity Omen of Clarity now affects the next 3 Regrowths and increases their healing by 15%
This will be an annoying change to Displacer Beast whose trailing speed increase has never struck me as particularly overpowered and is likely intended as a reduction to PvP performance. The decreased damage reduction associated with Guardian Affinity will be painful for Restoration Druids who choose that affinity for raiding (and is also likely PvP-driven). The change to Moment of Clarity is very nice and may prompt me to forgo Flourish and Stonebark to finally give this talent a try.
And in a surprising change to one of the non-spec-specific Druid-only artifacts, our Legendary chestpiece Ekowraith, Creator of Worlds is getting a buff to the percent bonus of its effect from 50% to 75%. This will affect wearers’ primary ability and the secondary ability derived from their chosen off-spec affinity:
May the Legendary Gods smile upon you and grant you good fortune (or may you benefit from what seems like a server glitch and pick up a couple of Legendaries within the same 24-hour period like I did)!
There are many other changes affecting Guardian, Feral, and Balance specs as well as a long list of PvP-specific changes, so be sure to check out the full patch notes over at MMO Champion.