Q. Any plans on looking at balance druids, in particular to Eclipse procs? RNGMy Translation: Eclipse procs will still be based off of Critical Strikes, but the buff won't be time based.
sometimes is detrimental to our dps.
A. We don't mind the RNG aspect that much per se, but losing an important proc because it happened at the wrong time (say just before you moved) is a problem. We have a pretty cool solution for Cataclysm if we can make it work. It makes Eclipse cooler but also gives Balance more of a kit in general.(src)
So, if you're one of the people that hates Eclipse because you might not get a proc after 15 casts, then you might not like the change. It looks like that style of RNG is still going to be out there. If it bothers you a ton, then you may want to start leveling a new toon now.
Personally, I'm pretty excited to see what they have in mind. The part that intrigues me the most is when they say: "It makes Eclipse cooler but also gives Balance more of a kit in general." Obviously I am just speculating, but this line makes the new Eclipse sound more like an active part of our rotation, rather then something that tells us when to switch spells
If I had to make a guess, I think it will make the moonkin rotation look something like the Arcane Mage rotation. If you don't have a mage, Arcane Blast buffs you next Arcane Spell, but also increases the mana costs by 75%. So, Arcane mages have to balance their DPS against their mana usage. I wouldn't be surprised if the new Eclipse used a similar mechanic to force us to switch between Wrath and Starfire, but in a more predictable and less wasteful way.
Q. Both balance druids (moonkin) and elemental shaman feel like their dps is falling behind in Icecrown Citadel. Any damage boosts for these hybrid casters currently planned?This is really just confirmation of what Zarhym said last week, but it is nice to hear it again. The best part of this comment is that they don't seem to assume this will settle the issue. One of the problems I've had with Blizzard in the past (mainly in TBC), is that they "fix" something and then seem to assume they are done. It's nice to know that they are at least paying lip service to making sure we are fine.
A. We have small buffs coming in the next patch. We'll see where they are after that when more encounters are open (including the hard modes) and once more players have tier sets and higher gear in general. We have no problem buffing them more if we need to. (src)