I held off writing this post for a few days because if I had posted the day the class mounts went live, it would have been just a post hating on blizzard and a hell of a lot of swear words. This post is possibly a little calmer.
Months ago, there was a post saying that the Druid class mount was ‘temporarily’ being changed to a travel form rather than being left as a standalone mount. It was really quickly identified that there were a lot off issues with it being a form but no real discussion about it. When the class mounts went live earlier this week, my twitter feed pretty instantly blew up with lots of Druids being surprised and upset that the issues that were identified were still there in the live version. Reading all the comments at work, I was really disappointed and not that excited to get home and do the quest chain.
There’s so many issues associated with it being a form. As a form, it doesn’t add an additional mount to my mount count, when every other class mount adds one or more. Another big issue is that with the way travel form operates, in places where flying is disabled, flight form doesn’t work and it pushes me into stag form. So when every one else can ride around on their class mounts in raids or instances where flying isn’t allowed, Druids can’t.
I was so sick of people calling it a Druid class mount and refused to want to hear anyone refer to it as a mount, that Dec fixed the class mount announcement for me.
As a travel form it’s incompatible with any glyphs that are already applied to travel form which means if I wanted to use my pretty Sentinel owl and have the new class form, it’s not an option. It’s one or the other. And personally I find the class form to be so freaking ugly that I wouldn’t really want to be seeing it all the time anyway.
A minor thing but a really annoying bug is that it makes the Stormcrow CAW when you change into the form rather than an owl sound. How lazy of blizzard to not identify and fix this earlier. The Sentinel Owl makes a lovely hooting sound that doesn’t break the immersion of changing into an owl form.
It also can’t perch which means you’re always hovering above the ground. I really like the Sentinel Owl perch and have heaps of fun perching around the world, so again another disappointment. The other real disappointment is that there are 4 colours of the mount but it’s race based, not spec based so each druid will only ever see one version. Really frustrating when so many of the class mounts are spec specific so you get lots of different versions.
There’s only 2 upsides to the rather major downsides. It’s instant cast but that’s something I’d be more than happy seeing as not an option if it was an actual mount. And the other is that you can carry a person on your back and they can interact with items mounted like when herbing. However, since there are items in the game which already allow you to interact with items while mounted, this isn’t such a big deal. It really shouldn’t have to be a compromise Druid’s make just because the developers couldn’t work out how to make a 2 seater mount along the same lines as a Sandstone Drake or Heart of the Nightwing.
All up, the Druid class form is a massive disappointment when compared to the other classes and it all pretty much comes down to the fact they made it yet another travel form rather than working out how to make a mount out of it. I’m really looking forward to working on my alts for their class mounts and it’s pretty sad it’s that way.