I am curious as to why there would be so much negativity directed at the class or WOTC for that matter, when all they have done is left players with another option. If you don't like the options then don't use them. I appreciate that they have given players so many options between regular classes and essentials classes and continuous support on a monthly basis. This is a new build with a wealth of opportunities in the hands of a crafty player. It is not a re-hash of swordmage whatsoever and is a welcome addition to any party that has a leader who grants basic attacks. If there were no options people would complain. Be happy and stop complaining as a community. It has never been better for gamers than it is today and thanks to all the people who do this not for the money but for the love they have for the game. Sorry I went off on a tangent there.