We should not have to bargain for what the spec truly needs.
What I find more annoying that the mobs that run in Tol Dagor is actually the 2nd boss in Siege. I can tank on my Monk or Death Knight, she never jumps because she's snared. As soon as I tank her on the Guardian druid, she's bouncing all over the place; its just absolutely absurd that every tank has this feature but bears.
Rage of the Sleeper wasn't just viable as a damage buff, but it also served as a defensive option in cases where you needed an extra "oh crap" button to give your healer an extra few seconds before we fall over.
The problem with FR is the fact its a HoT that typically gets cancelled out by incoming damage, so using a GCD to hit it feels completely unrewarding. In Legion, the fact it scales with damage taken negated the fact it was a HoT, you actually felt it when being used, unlike now.
I believe if the developers want to keep FR as a flat-percentage HoT, it should be buffed substantially so that when used in high-burst windows, it actually is a rewarding button you pressed.
If I had my way with FR, I'd revert to the Legion equivalent. The main reason is that it wasn't too over-powered in trivial content since its potency was directly proportional to the damage taken and actually was a rewarding button press when dealing with far less trivial content.
But again I feel like that's just being complacent and giving the developers an out, which frankly they don't deserve with where we are. We shouldn't have to pick between class fantasy/rotation fixes and trait QoL improvements. We should get both, no question.
Another idea might be to improve the rage generation for Guardian so that we have more rage to work with and activating more Ironfur stacks. I really dislike the idea that I need to spec into certain talents to get that effect which often directly goes against the talent choices I need in the first place.
I do too.
I'm a 13 year veteran player with over 11 years as a Guardian druid and this is the first expansion where my subscription hangs in the balance all because of class balance. I love playing my bear, its been my main for years.
Right now this game is a double-edged sword for me.
It's the first time where I would rather play anything but my bear for how poorly it plays in things like M+ but I'd rather not play this game at all than be forced into playing something I don't prefer to play in the first place.
Either 8.1 delivers or I'm afraid its time to move on.