Polymorph and Baleful seem under-powered. Polymorph was better-- it actually transformed Artemis. Baleful wasn't doing much in the way of either crowd control or damage. Playing without a pet is sort of viable, but it requires a lot more mods and skill points. Arbiter of Destiny might be good enough to compensate if you don't use a Pet. Final Ruin is now a very good power. PROGRESSION COMMENT: Guardian isn't all that useful without offering, but you get guardian several levels before offering in the progression. Why not bestow both abilities at the same time? That would say to new players "here: these abilities go together... see how well they work? This is how you use pets". I've been testing all the powers using the seeing shades again solo mission. CR166 and about 100 skill points. 4 VIII mods and no home turf goodies. With sorcery: Fury with the GS or Arbiter of Destiny Supercharge was easy. Watcher with the GS or Arbiter of Destiny Supercharge was pretty easy. Non-pet with the Arbiter of Destiny supercharge worked great. Non-pet with Grand Summoning was ok, but not having Offering in my load out greatly weakened GS. Pet with no supercharge was challenging. No pet with Polymorph or Baleful-- never finished. I probably could have finished with polymorph if I'd added some more mods, spent some more skill points, or just kept trying over and over, but I gave up after 2 close tries.