The difference here being one is a reactive debuff, and the other is manually applied. I have as much information as you right now, so it simply comes down to interpretation and game balance. The way I read it, the gain of a stack allows the debuff to refresh <i>itself</i>. If it is unable to gain a stack (considering it maxes out at 3), the secondary effect of the DoT is unable to execute and the 3 stack of the DoT ticks down until it falls off.Originally Posted by Laan
Again, not fact, just my logical interpretation of what's written in Blue. ^_-
<i>Edit:</i> However, if you apply the Gushing Wound <b>yourself</b> while at 3 stacks, I'd assume you'd be able to keep it rolling, but it would be counter-intuitive if you could manually stack it. That make sense?