My friends sisters aunts nephews hamburger told me that the plan for dps to be desirable in mod 9 is well into the works:
They plan to add hp to barrels and crates. No more ransack for w/p chars!
I was like "no way they'd do that" but then I realized, it might be balanced. Doubly so when I found out that crates and barrels are flagged as halflings, so favored enemy construct doesn't help against them.
You heard it here first!