Everything was fine until I went to Argath. Mobs were killable, skills scaled well, merc was able to keep me alive. Now, as an SK with a shield and J5 merc, I'm getting thrashed. Soloing is barely an option. If I had known that this was going to happen, I never would have spent this money or come back to EQ. For the life of me, I can't figure out the rationale for such design. Why are antiquated zones crazy hard? Anyway, if the game continues to be like this, I'd like to know.