It really seems to be lost on blizzard and whoever the Devs are for Druids.
Here is what feral brings:
Brez: Every other druid spec brings this and it doesn’t pop them out of form (if feral gets punished why not boomy?), And all DKs. Engineering can also semi-cover this.
The choice of a ST stun, AE knock back, AE roots: again, this is all covered by other specs too. Why bash isn’t baseline for feral/guardian is baffling.
Group wide speed burst: Guardian has a shorter CD, so does this better. This also is a very very niche use ability. Offers 0 throughput and rarely saves lives since most every spec has a personal boost for the rare times they need it.
Option to off heal with resto affinity. But guess what, we lose balance affinity which is really helpful for feral gameplay. So big trade off that balance druid doesn’t need to make at all…
What feral doesn’t bring that our other spec(s) bring: Treeants (huge M+ utility), Vortex (decent M+ utility and good pvp utility), Innervate (massive utility. Wouldnt be an issue if only resto had it but you gave balance it and not feral/guardian…)
The Innervate one is comical actually. I have raid members who swore I’ve been giving them Innervate in raids and are shocked I don’t even have it. Such an iconic druid ability.
It’s really insane to me how little feral offers compared to balance or our closest counter part rogues. For crying out loud, we don’t even get our feral charge (rogue shadowstep/grapple hook, warrior charge) baseline ! It’s incredible lmfao.
I would love for the druid Dev or any game dev to sit down with the feral community and explain why they personally feel feral is a valuable contribute to a M+ or Raid group. (we have value in PvP)
I honestly only play feral because I simply like it in pvp over most other classes.
Edit: the Tin Foil hat theory, which I used to deny but my friends have convinced me. Is that Druids are over represented and melee is over represented. To balance this, they keep ferals numbers tuned but leave it under tuned for utility. That way, not everyone is playing a druid since their healing and ranged spec are also strong. Feral/guardian get short end of stick as a result.