The latest Mists of Pandaria beta patch appears to be killing off Underwater Breathing racial for undead/Forsaken players. This has been a necessary change for quite some time, as Underwater Breathing has grown progressively more impotent as each expansion passes, either because the ability itself receives a nerf or every player's baseline water breathing duration is buffed to make water questing less of a nuisance. The Underwater Breathing racial simply didn't serve a purpose anymore.

It's being replaced with Touch of the Grave, an ability that appears to be an on-hit proc that leeches health from your enemy. The spell description is as follows: "Your attacks and damaging spells have a chance to drain the target, dealing 12654 to 14706 Shadow damage and healing you for the same amount."

We imagine the damage done by this passive will scale by level, a level 10 undead rogue won't be draining 14,000 health from their enemies in Warsong Gulch. Still, it's pretty awesome, right? We think so.

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This article was originally published on WoW Insider.

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