Thankfully (for Restoration-specced Druids, at least), these changes appear to have been false.
MMO Champion is reporting on class changes that may be included as part of Patch 2.4. They are currently assigning the likelihood of these changes being accurate a 50% chance:
- Cyclone range reduced to 20 yards, down from 30.
- Lifebloom healing coefficient reduced by (?).
- Natural Perfection now reduces damage by 2/3/4% down from 1/3/5%
- Tree of Life: You may now cast any Restoration spell in this form.
- Improved Tranquility: Now also reduces the mana cost of Tranquility by 10/20%.
- Moonkin Form no longer gains 150% attack power or mana returned from melee hits, but now refunds 2% of your total mana every time you critically hit with a spell.
- Force of Nature: Treants now have a 15% chance to proc Entangling Roots on the target.
- Nurturing Instinct: Increases your healing spells by up to 50/100% of your Agility, and increases healing done to you by 25/50% of your Attack Power.
If true, these changes would represent an enormous nerf to Restoration Druid viability in PvP (and depending upon the reduction to the +Healing coefficient of Lifebloom — PvE). In my opinion, these changes seem far too severe for a single patch and would undoubtedly cause a large number of Restoration Druids to quit the game entirely. I’m definitely (extremely hopefully) leaning towards these patch notes being fake.
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