Good question. The answer is that I am lazy. If you are wondering how that fits in to this, well… I spam Devouring Swarm to proc my Shepherd’s Call. That is pretty much all that I use it for.
With every skill point you invest in it, its mana cost increases. And since it has no cooldown, that adds up pretty fast.
Ok, I could just play a bit more carefully and not spam it. But then I need to keep track of whether my Shepherd’s Call has proc’ed or not. Also Devouring Swarm itself has hard to see visuals. With everything else going onscreen, I find it kind of difficult to keep track of.
But it does provide -40% Bleed RR at 16/16 and our Briarthorns, Primal Spirit and Primal Bond provides Bleed damage right?
Yes, but Devouring Swarm is not exactly an AoE, it instead hits in a straight line making it hard to aim properly. Even more so when you are kiting, which you will be doing plenty of since we are making do with a single mastery.
So unlike Curse of Frailty for example, you’d need multiple casts of Devouring Swarm to cover a similar area. Which again brings us back to the mana cost.
Now, speaking of mana cost, you might see that Storm totem also has a hefty mana requirement per cast. But since it is not attached to any devotion, I only cast it every now and then for the firework display when I am bored. It isn’t used for damage or anything else and is basically a point dump.
So would it be better to spend those points in Devouring Swarm for the RR? Definitely.
Would it benefit me, given my playstyle? Nope, it would probably do more harm than good given that I play like a drunkard.
A bit of extra stuff: I don’t even use Devouring Swarm in my fight against Ravager. I instead bound Shepherd’s Call to Savagery and just straight up went and started hitting Ravager in the face because by that point I had a seething hatred for Swarm.
Once I am done with Birbs of Bysmiel/Fwuffy Squishy and the janky Primal Strike Druid I am currently leveling, I might give this one a go. Shaman’s slowly but steadily becoming my favorite class in this game…