Old-school PvP. Like pre-HWL weapon and DR days. Warriors could one or two-shot you with crits but you could literally just root them to death if you could get the casts off. There’s an argument to be made that it was fair in-so-far that Spider Belt pretty much guaranteed a kill on a 30m CD which was insanely strong in world PvP. I can’t see situation where DR goes away because people don’t play the game to not play the game (if that makes sense). But the introduction of DR and the existence of different forms of CC, in combination with PvP balance being centered around group play, means that not only do you have to have friends to have a fun or meaningful PvP experience but they have to play the ‘right’ classes or you’re playing the wrong one. So true balance is either full homogenization or back to rock-paper-scissors-mushroom[classic-era warlocks]. Instead we get neither. It’s fine and I’m sure there’s a lot of people who prefer the current control->burst style of PvP but it’s not for me as I’m staunchly in the bring-the-player-not-the-class camp. Probably best left as a memory though.
Feral were AoE burst gods in WotLK just spamming Swipe. John-effing-Madden style play sucked though. I’m not sure if I’d be open to that style making a comeback if it meant having reasonable AoE capabilities. But if M+ remains an important form of endgame content, I think I’d put up with it.
Casting Rebirth/Cyclone from cat form.
Pulling from ranged with Feral Faerie Fire from like 30/36yds for free on a short CD.
Tranquility as a CD. But I agree that created situations where feral had to ‘sacrifice’ time and dps to cast which was disruptive and unfun in raids.
Symbiosis to an extent; some abilities were not as good as others such as Soul Swap vs Redirect and sometimes you cast it on a target because of the spell the other person got. This created situations where you would want, say, Feral Spirits but gave it to the Spriest because Tranquility was a free huge ‘oh poop’ button and you’d never really use Dispersion.
Nature’s Vigil (Which looks like it’s coming back in Dragonflight! Legit excited.)