The first official details have been released on the new class coming to the Neverwinter MMO, the Scourge Warlock. The class is actually sounding more flexible than I would have expected with the following specialisations:
- Fury – fire-focused damage dealer
- Damnation – a pet-class variant with a self-buffing ‘soul puppet’ temporary companion, one that eventually can be permanently summoned
- Temptation – a life stealing support class
I consider the Temptation variant to be an unexpected bonus, although the description does avoid explicitly calling this a healer spec. Still even if it’s an ‘off-healer’ type role where you can do some healing based on your damage it’s a welcome addition to the current game since clerics are the only healers (called ‘leaders’ in 4e D&D – give me a druid, bard or warlord next please!).
I guess I was spoilt by Guild Wars 2′s options for rangers since in that game they have some good healing/support builds, so I half expected the Hunter Ranger’s Pathfinder paragon path to be a healing role. It does offer support but not actual substantive healing per se, so if the Warlock steps into this void of healing alternatives I’ll be very happy!