Do not revert to the way that it was.
The Shroud was boring, but necessary. It has become fun again.
With that said.... they're too unforgiving on Normal. Normal is the difficulty that newbies should be running. Newbies do not have the gear and/or experience to survive the blades as they are now. So you've created a situation where the targeted demographic for that particular difficulty is doomed to fail unless they have players from outside of that demographic there to carry them .
This is a poorly implemented mechanic, as it stands.
Leave the blades mechanically, but tone down the damage that they do on Normal.
And *only* on Normal. Anyone that wants to run anything harder should damn well know what they're getting themselves into.