I'm tired of hearing the Pali moaning. Bards got shafted the worst (i.e. pretty much no buffs in the pass on easily the weakest class in the game, compared to Pali's getting a couple uneeded Nerfs on merely a weak class)... But Pali's are a close second I admit.
Look I have a capped Bard and 15 or 16 other Alts I think I have a fairly "forest for the trees" view of the Enhancement pass after going through each one and thinking of the cool new imaginative builds that will be possible (and more than a few that will break, but be possible to do something similar). My Bard of all my characters is the one I keep ending up with ZERO original class levels in. No Bard levels, there's just not enough meat on that Bone, everything else is looking so much better.
Bards basically are staring at SLA's coming out of every caster PrE's bee-hind and wondering what they did to anger the Devs so much. Sorcs got 3 to 4 SLA's each PrE that need 5 or less class levels, Druids got SLA's tier 5 and lower, Clerics got SLA's tier 5 and lower, FvS's splashed Cleric and got SLA's Wiz's already had some and got more (PM+AM)...
Lowely Bards... don't get anything until level 20 pure... a travesty when the Devs were talking about "Wall of sound" and other stuff they obviously weren't actually developing but just had on a whiteboard in one of the meeting rooms. Bards not only got shafted, they got weaker versions of some of their old WEAK ABILITIES.
A Buffing class who's buffs have been given away by ship buffs and other newer classes, that has negligible casting DPS, no dots, and DC casting with only 6 spell levels in our current game that has hard DC's for 9th spell level casters, with no free feats or meta's given, with weak heals compared to Druids (let alone FvS or Cleric), and weak melee compared to Druids or Pali's... Oh but you can get a -3 DC wail of the Banshee and hey, here let us throw you the heal spell, at 20th level when Druids and their 9 spell levels get it at 17th. I guess this is a mocking of all those pure bards out there (you know for all 11 of them that exist in the game heheh ) as Making the DC work will make that bard even more special, than he already was by taking 4 nearly empty levels (17 through 20)
Anyway maybe some other Bard players will speak up, and hey before you say "my gimpy bard is lovable" take a look at all the PrE's and then the Bard's. The problem is the class has been so neglected by the Dev's for so long that it's very unpopular, and thus has little to no "squeeky wheel" power. Even mashing two former PrE's into one PrE didn't buff the class significantly.
Sorc's already have Dev concessions and another PrE coming, Clerics yelled up some Warpriest also upcoming, and I expect Pali's to get some abilities added when the pass goes live and we hear all the HOWLING from the TWF Pali's.
Bard's need love too for starters keeping it simple patterned the same as Druid/Sorc/Cleric SLA's:
ML1: Sonic Blast SLA
ML3: Resonant Cacophony (Sonic DOT, see New Spells)
ML12: Wall of Sound (Same one you guys were white boarding but never added)
ML18: Heal SLA
ML20: Same as current pass except Heal replaced with Cure Serious Mass
On sonic cast: 10/20/30% chance of stacking sonic/Enchantment debuff -1/-2/-3 Enchantment save, 10/20/30% sonic vulnerability 1/2/3 stacks 12/15/20 duration
2/3/4% chance for a Greater Shout Proc (including stun chance) on any Sonic damage hit (Melee, ranged, spell or ED)
Temp SP proc chance on sonic or enchantment spells
Anvil of Thunder (area damage SLA see new spells)
New (or improved) Spells:
Soundburst, add +1 damage per caster level
Sound Lance as per Ice Lance no save direct damage ray (a real actual PnP Spell IIRC)
Greater Sonic Blast, level 3, Stun instead of Daze, 1d4+3 per caster level max 15
Shout and Greater shout, improve these so they are not so damn finicky and hard to use effectively... they are conical supposedly but Shout is next to useless and greater usually only hits one target if that due to targeting issues (supposedly conical AOE)
Resonant Cacophony: as per Divine Punishment/Niacs Stacking DOT no save
Wall of sound check your whiteboard
Anvil of Thunder level 6: AOE over time as per Ice storm, bludeon damage and sonic damage + chance to knock down like comet fall/Earth quake on knockdown save applies brief stun instead
What say you Devs, the Pass enhancements for Bards look nothing like the exciting preview we saw it feels like Charlie brown kicking a football, only you let Sorc's Cleric's etc. kick it afterward. Give us a new Bard PrE after you guys get done making Sorc's, Cleric's and then Pali's happier.