HOW IS EVERYONE WHO HAS REPLIED MISSED THE POINT BY SO MUCH?!?!?!?!
OP is NOT saying that Hunter needs to have healing/armor mechanics. It is that the other classes have been given way way too much versatile tools to put their class out of killing blow that Hunter previously are able to slowly do WITHOUT giving any use-able counter tools to the Hunter class to balance things up.
The situation is so bad right now with Witchwood that it is almost basically an auto concede for Hunter when matched against a Druid, compared to say 1-2 years back. (don't be the technical truculent; not saying 100% auto loss but the win loss ratio against Druid now is absolutely atrocious)
Secondly, the other important point is that most Hearthstone players have not realized: class identity protection is such a BS joke as it is ONLY applied to limit Hunters but all the other classes have free reign and is currently diluted to heck. Think about it, blizzard/everyone keeps saying that Hunter cannot be given healing/armor/draw mechanics because Hunter's identity is to go face/smorc yet there's new additional identity attribute now given to:
- Mage - new super healing mechanic via Frost Lich Jaina & armorning up Arcane Artificer
- Druid - super armoring up that now rivals Warrior class of the past & resurrect ability (Hadronox)
- Warlock - super healing mechanicS & resurrect ability (Bloodreaver Gul'dan)
** resurrect ability previously, mostly exclusive and identified to Priest class