@Republic If you're playing with Death March + level scaling, I would absolutely argue that preparation is all but mandatory for much of the game. Yes, once you get the op build up and running you're crushing everything but this takes, I would say, a very conservative 50 hours of gameplay to get up and rolling with any efficacy, at least with the way I play. And honestly, I'd be more disappointed if there wasn't an op build at that point in the game. @Gengar Can't speak to comparisons to BB not having played it. Again though I would argue that combat in this game really only starts to shine when you're playing on max difficulty with level scaling. Below that and yes, you're basically just dodging an enemy twice then winning. The only thing I would argue was a letdown were the boss fights in the standard game. Those were too easy. But they dramatically improved in the expansions, so I'd argue they learned from their mistakes.