Where were you on this years ago eh? Funny that the optimizers havent complained like this up til now about tempest, or melee ranger for that matter, pigeonholing you into TWF. We clearly see why they havent, because its not the optimal output choice anyhow. Now they are complaining about it however, and we clearly see why that is as well. When tempest + class combo DOES become an optimal choice for even a few things, they will now have to play drow to be best, or play another race to be second best. Thats a hilarious dilema to put a min maxer in. The race they used to make fun of and care less about is getting a revamped PRE that they used to also care less about that might just make a few combinations of builds have the best output in the game.
And please, lets just can the whole "pigeonholing us into TWF builds" argument while we're at it. Let the debunking commence: One racial choice isnt going to change anything the optimizers werent already happy to do from day one - take the khopeash feat and weild the arbitrarily broken weapon to its fullest potential. They already pigeonholed themselves on their builds well before this new change ever came along. /furiously taps the hOrc example youve been completely glossing over for multiple posts now. Heres a race that gives bonuses to THF and barbarians, and yet we see alot of TWF khopesh kensai and TWF khopesh assassin hOrcs running around with two khopesh and no barbarian levels - which crushes your entire melee combat style pigeoholing argument.
Why arent you complaining about dwarf and WF being pigeonholed into tank PRE then? By your own logic thats a far worse restriction than making a PRE that benefits TWF. Oh wait - it doesnt run the risk of becomming optimal DPS output on a race that you dont want to have to play in order to be optimal - no need to complain about that. This train is never late folks.
Why havent you been complaining about elven AA over the past few years - a PRE that ONLY benefits bow users - a far worse racial pigeonholing experiment than giving drow a strong TWF PRE. Same reason. - doesnt run the risk of becomming optimal DPS on a platform the optimizers do not desire to play on. Its far easier to sit inside their comfort zone and poke fun at the bow kiters. That is....
...right up to and until that comfort zone disappears. Then the complaining begins.