The last 48 hours have introduced quite the predicament for Blizzard developers:
Thankfully, it doesn't look like it'll ever come to that.
Warlocks, and the WoW community in general, came out in great numbers to oppose the Life Tap nerf and Bliz's blatant disregard for PvE while making PvP-focused changes. And while it didn't quite get to the point of erecting billboards and forming picket lines, it may as well have, as a multitude of threads were started all over the interwebs, arguing against the ground-breaking change. As a result, Blizzard has taken note, and the nerf will be tweaked in a PTR patch to come.
Obviously, this isn't the end of the story and there will be much more to follow... but there is still something tugging at me about this whole ordeal. See, Blizzard is a smart company, with very intelligent developers (even though sometimes, that's hard to believe). How could they make such a grand mistake with the mechanics of one of their most popular classes?
Call me crazy, but I'm thinking that this Life Tap nerf is only the beginning of a change Blizzard already has in store for the Warlock class. Introducing this huge nerf first may be a way to make the upcoming change more palatable -- making it the lesser of two evils, if you will.
Heh, look at me sounding all conspiracy theorish... but whatever. I'll just leave you with that thought and let time do the rest.
For now, I'm off to lunch, where I won't be feasting on Bliz babies. At least not today. ;)