Excellent, eloquent post which cuts to the heart of the matter. Daybreak's devs are clearly out of touch with the community that has faithfully supported and kept EQ alive all these years, and all of these nerf-heavy patches will eventually force even the most patient and stalwart of those players away from the game. If you're not making positive, quality of life improvements to EQ after 18 years, you simply shouldn't be making any changes at all. To be fair, there are a scant handful of new features (and fixes) in this patch, but far outweighed by reductions and removals that have no contextual reasoning or justification behind them. As several others have already pointed out here, the strategy of removing abilities and features from classes, only so you can sell them back to us in future expansion content is offensive, unnecessary, and needs to stop.