Reading other posts about evokers I had a rudimentary knowledge of which abilities were available to me, but there is no substitute for first hand play experience. Especially when considering if I want to main and evoker in a few weeks or stick with my tried and true druid.
I was hoping with the reduced range that the evoker would feel a little more melee than your normal 40+ yard caster, but I realized no matter the range a caster is a caster, and prefers not to be smacked in the face. Luckily evokers have a lot of mobility/utility tools to help keep a distance between them and their targets. Maintaining distance is something melee classes don’t have to worry about, unless things are going poorly and it’s time to run away.
So the added task of social distancing in one downside of maining an evoker over a melee class, and the other is perhaps less of a con and more of an opportunity to better myself. With all the mobility evokers have it is extremely important to keep tabs on your surroundings. It’s pretty easy out leveling in the world, or in any PVE content for that matter, to deep breath or hover too close to another mob/group and quickly bite off more than you can chew.
On that note I’m not sure if the tuning is quite right yet for leveling content, but I was getting my tail handed to me by gorloc shamans in the second leveling zone. Their lightning attack does a ton of damage and I was trying to focus on interrupting their mud shield instead to kill them faster. So even at ranged evokers can still feel a bit squishy, but having not been there on any other character I’ve nothing to compare it to.
One of the questions I had prior to playing an evoker was, in the context of the current classes, what does playing one feel like? And the answer was mostly that it didn’t. I think it sort of feels closest to a demon hunter, but more utility, maybe a little more single target oriented (but that could just be because they are squishier and I’m pretty new at them) and there are a couple (non channeled) spells with cast times. If I overgeared and/or outleveled content and could just eat melee attacks the evoker would feel much more like a demon hunter, but social distancing is key.
I made one mistake in beta, after leaving my evoker a bit and getting my first dragon riding mount I loaded the account info from my live account which overwrote all my mounts rather than combining them. So I had to quick run though the first few quests on my druid to relearn that mount so I could complete the dragonriding questline. All for a yak so I could transmog my gear. Worth it!
So I have a couple more months to decide between team druid and team dragon. The evoker is really fun, but so are demon hunters and that wasn’t enough to deter me from my druid. I currently prefer druid for tanking and do enjoy kitty DPS as well, prefer demon hunter for DPS, and shaman for healing. I’ve yet to try out healing on the evoker and am planning to try that out next time I play. I’ve not really been into healing at max level since Cataclysm, just tinkering around in leveling dungeons for the shorter queues.
I’m really excited about my dragon and the new expansion, and am planning to level my evoker first even if I do end up raiding primarily on my druid. I went that route with my demon hunter in Legion. It just fun to change things up and get a break from a couple years using the same abilities. It’s possible my evoker will only be another alt in the end, but that won’t diminish the enjoyment of experiencing the new content as a dragon.