World of Warcraft: WotLK PvP Balance Druid Rotation, Cooldowns, & Abilities Guide
This guide will cover all PvP rotations in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and discuss the spells/abilities in detail. We will focus on single-target rotations because this is the most used rotation and is best for WoW: WotLK.
The PvP mindset is quite different compared to the PvE concept. Players must master certain aspects, such as quick thinking, quick reaction, and adapting to the situation. The versus battles do not go as planned, and players must be ready for anything from their enemies. However, sometimes players can predict their opponents and react to that easily.
Druids are famous for being versatile as they offer a hybrid class role. They can produce a massive damage, debuffs, and healing and have crowd control abilities. The Balance Druids are mainly known for their huge burst damage and crowd control abilities.
One of the biggest advantages of using a Balance Druid is to erase their enemies in only a few seconds. They hide in the shadows as Feral Beast and then strike their enemies.
This guide will help you learn the best use of Balance Druids and how to bring out its full potential during a battle.
WoW: WotLK - ShapeShifting
Shapeshifting is the trademark of the Druid class. This ability helps remove the movement speed-reducing effect and offers versatility to this class. Players have access to many Druid Forms, which we will discuss below. Every form has its unique abilities and bonuses.
Now we will discuss the forms a Balanced Druid offers:
Bear Form - This is the first form players acquire. This ability is used to maximize the survival ability of Druids in PvP scenarios.
Cat Form - Now, we will discuss the second form, the Cat Form. For example, we will talk about two situations on how to use this ability. In the first situation, Prowl and Pounce spell can be used. The first spell to confuse enemies and the second one to make a surprise attack. In the second situation, Cat form can reset the encounter, break combat with the Dash spell, and finally use Prowl.
Travel Form - This is the third form that helps increase movement speed. It breaks the line of sight against their target and resets their fight.
Moonkin Form - This is the main of a Balance Druid, also known as “Boomie” because this form has a massive burst.
WoW: WotLK - Offensive Abilities
Starfall - This spell is an AOE type that provides Boomkin (a very powerful burst). One awesome fact about Starfall is that it also provides buff.
Wrath - This is the main filler spell. With enough haste, players can use this as a spam-able spell. Some Druids can reduce this spell’s cooldown to the Global limit.
Starfire - This ability has a high cast time but can be used in the beginning. Because of Eclipse, this ability is best used as a burst ability.
Moonfire - This ability is performed as damage-over-time but must be used mindfully.
Insect Swarm - This ability is just like Moonfire. It provides good damage to their target.
Force of Nature - This is a very offensive spell. This ability should be initiated as soon as players engage with their enemies. This ability lasts for 30 seconds.
WoW: WotLK - Crowd Control
Balance Druids have many crowd-controlling spells, which help lock down one target and burst the other.
Now we will discuss a few useful crowd-controlling spells:
Typhoon - This ability knocks the target and leaves them in a daze effect for 6 seconds. This spell has a short cooldown of 20 seconds. This ability helps in changing positions in a short period.
Entangling Roots - This is another control-type spell that can be used with Typhoon. This ability holds on to the target for 3.5 seconds, allowing the players to cast another spell on their targets.
Cyclone - This ability is one of the most useful abilities. It helps make the target invulnerable (for 6 seconds) but stops them from using spells or anything else. This is a spam-able ability, and players must keep it in their arsenal.
Nature’s Grasp - This is also a crowd-controlling spell. It becomes very useful when players need to get away from their target.
Berkskin- This will be the last crowd control ability we will talk about. This is every player’s main defensive tool in WoW: WotLK. This spell can be used in any situation. In an emergency, players can Berkskin along with Dire Bear form to stop the huge amount of damage.
WoW: WotLK - Combat Strategies
After discussing all the abilities, we will discuss the proper and effective way of using them in a battle.
There are plenty of ways to begin an encounter which depends on many factors and how many enemies players are planning to fight. If it’s open-world and you are about to start your first attack, it’s better to put on a healing spell that will keep healing you over a small period. Next, use Cyclone Spell on your target and rest the fight. After doing this, your main aim is to maintain crowd control over your enemies. Do this till you get a clear shot on them and use Insect Swarm along with Moon fire. Finally, use the spamming abilities like Wrath and Starfire.
When you are in the battleground, you should avoid being the main target and attack the separated targets. This is done by entering Cat form first and then using Prowl to stay in stealth mode and attack with Pounce. After This, you can use Starfall and Entangling Roots to hold enemies in one place and keep attacking them.
Players can face more complex situations in arenas. Players can battle in many ways but the key point to start before entering a battle is to enter Cat Form; after that, the player can use Pounce along with cyclone or wait for your team to engage first and land an attack depending on the situation.
WoW: WotLK - Line-of-sight
Line of sight (LoS) is breaking the enemy’s sight, preventing them from performing any action. This will simply put attackers on hold. LoS targets in the area can be done by staying near pillars or climbing on ramparts.
Our guide ends here. We hope our guide helped you understand the best way to use Balanced Druids. Thank you for staying till the end. Keep on enjoying WoW: WotLK.