So, I was looking at the upgrades for Pinion and see for 3 comms, I can do planar conflux. Already did that pre- u16. Now for 5 more comms, which in about 50 runs for citw I have 2, I can go from +7 to +8. Not terrible, but ok. Then for a mere 7 more, I can gain 1d6 sonic damage. Really? 1d6 for 7 comms? Then I look at all the others. .5 [W], not great but better than 1d6 sonic I think. 2-16 bleed to 3-24 bleed, also not great but slightly more damage against things that bleed. Then there is the caster item. Add a max potency skill of your choice. Now that seems like its worth 7 comms.
I don't understand why the devs keep choosing to make casters far and away the most pwerful class to play, but I wish they would at least make a veiled attempt to give the other classes something comparable in terms of loot since we don't get it otherwise.