This video is narrated footage of my 80 Balance Druid in an Eye of the Storm battleground (queued solo) for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion patch 3.3.3.
I made this video to showcase the kiting mechanics for the Balance spec, as they’re key to defeating opponents and staying alive in PVP. For most of the video I am running without heal support and outnumbered:
(Double-click on the video to see it in higher-resolution / larger screen size on YouTube)
Most of the gear I’m using in the video is easily obtainable, with the exception of my weapon:
- From honor points: necklace, cloak, chest, wrists, hands, belt, boots, both rings, both trinkets
- From Wintergrasp marks: shoulders
- From arena + honor points: helm, legs
- From Emblems of Triumph: idol
- From ICC10 (Festergut): Abracadaver staff
The staff allows me to reach the hit cap and use the 2 points from the Balance of Power talent elsewhere. I will be gradually upgrading my gear over time – I started 2v2 arena’ing with an old friend who plays a Mage and we’re still in the learning process.
Here’s a link to my 54/17 PVP spec:
I have tried many different Balance PVP specs and the one I’m using now is what has worked the most effectively for battlegrounds and arena. My spec is similar to that of the highest-rated 2v2 Moonkin I could find: Leathi.
I may provide some commentary on spec / talents in another post.
Edit (2010/07/09): I’ve switched to a different 54/17 spec:
You can read more about this spec in my comment below.
Here are the list of addons that I highly recommend for Moonkin PVP:
- RangeDisplay: shows range to targets – simple but invaluable
- SquawkAndAwe: shows timers on offensive abilities
- HotCandy: shows timers on HoTs
- Quartz: excellent cast bar addon
- Gladius: must-have for arenas
With these addons, you can see:
- the range to targets just above my head
- my HoTs just to the left of my character
- my DoTs and cooldowns to the right of my character
If you have any comments / feedback / questions please post ’em.
P.S. I’m back playing WoW (World of Warcraft), after 2.5 years away from the game.
When I quit WoW back in late 2007, I never expected to play it again, because there were several things that I didn’t like, e.g. the grindy nature of the gear treadmill and the way itemization and specs were handled. WoW has changed dramatically for the better for someone like me, so I decided to try it again. Back in The Burning Crusade (TBC), I played a 70 Feral Druid, and I wanted to play Moonkin this time around, in particular because there is so little material on Moonkin PVP.