As Ghostcrawler and Blizzard probably imagined it would, the suggestion that Tree of Life form be more dynamic and less rigid-and-necessary in combat was met with a strong healer druid reaction. I was excited about the concept and curious about the mechanics, but I was in the minority. Most of what I’ve read has been along the lines of “You can take my Spirit, but you’ll have to pry my Tree Form out of my cold, dead branches!”
A lot of it has made me think about what I really love about Tree Form – the silliness of it; the *frantic tree waddle* (as Tamarind so rightly calls it); the crazy tree punches or tree slaps that I like to toss about when a battle has gone completely down the drain, a wipe is called, and I’m encouraging death by snuggling up to the boss’ legs and hitting them with my branches.
I love being a tree, I really do. I read the Q&A as a high-level concept for making tree-form less a constant necessity, but I didn’t read it as removing it all together or making it a rarely seen thing. I still stand by my thoughts on the matter – I think the concept is intriguing and one worth exploring. But I send many /treehugs out to all the concerned healers out there. Ghostcrawler acknowledged that shapeshifting was what made druids unique and that the Tree of Life was here to stay. Perhaps I am terribly mistaken, but it seems unlikely that Blizzard, understanding that, would still take away our branches.