50x faster? 1Mx faster? Hyperbole to the max, IMHO you completely undermine your own argument that way. Bard AE swarm kiting was nerfed because it caused big problems at higher levels. When there is a design conflict between the classic game and the modern game, the modern game always wins. Bards still have charm-based swarm kiting at lower levels, and in certain zones (see: roaming trees) it can be hugely effective. Enchanter PBAE isn't any more potent than that by comparison. Classic EQ is a 20-year-old design which, by its very nature, threw a bunch of mechanics together without fully recognizing how they might be abused in combination. It was, is, and always will be somewhat imbalanced. In-era, re-balancing was enacted through various mechanical changes over the course of the next several (semi-annual) expansions. As others have posted, balancing overall gets a lot better post-PoP. If you want to play the Classic game, it comes with its warts, you have to accept that. If class balance is that critical to you, consider rolling on a post-PoP server, there are several to choose from.