The other 24 are fine I want them and I have some use for them.
That's 18 points I could have used in another tree that I won't get to use.
Ok, as Protection is pure fecal mater and I could develop the Disciple tree fairly well even with the 18 lost points, it's a point that can be nitpicked, but, right now on live, the gating is done through total points spent and prerequisites to meet, not points spent in tree that limit the character flexibility. We already told them that they had to change that, they didn't.
The biggest rant is that the Devs and/or the PHBs are dead set on forcing the whole system down our throat as it is and will not listen to us, and especially to the changes needed to make the system work without crippling character flexibility and making people leave in drove.
Ok, as I'm back from the Bed, I'll post The Long Version later during the morning. With Numbers and Math and pointed examples.