MMO Champion recently posted lists of the “leaked” talents and abilities for several classes, including the Death Knight. I wanted to point out one ability in particular, from their Unholy school:
This ability would seem to be targetted at Restoration Druids, converting our heals over time into a disease that causes damage over time instead. Because it can stack three times, it can consume an entire Lifebloom stack. While it isn’t clear whether the conversion of the final stack would cause it to bloom for its direct heal component, having Lifebloom running on a target at three stacks gives the DK the potential to get three stacks of this disease on your target, so I can see a general shift away from the use of multi-stack Lifebloom in PvP and an increased reliance on single stack (if it does bloom on conversion, it could end up as a wash) and our new direct heal, Nourish.
If you have any doubt that this ability wasn’t intended entirely as a counter to Restoration Druids, note that its original effect also included making your target “immune” to heals over time for 21 seconds. It looks like Death Knights might be intended to serve as the anti-Druid class since we are the only healing class without the ability to remove Disease. That’s bad news for us given the plethora of Death Knights likely to emerge after the release of Wrath.
On a happier note, you can check out their summary of the new Druid talents and abilities here.
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