I was away from the game for a couple of months shortly after U19, but was able to explore the new enhancement system thanks to RJ's character planner (http://www.rjcyberware.com/DDO). My main toon is currently a FVS, so I was struck by two things:
1. Where the heck did the positive spellpower go? Even with a huge investment in AoV tree, I went from 80 down to 60 at most. Scourge is neat for offensive casting, but doesn't do a thing for healing. And I can't improve my healing and necro crit chance anymore?
2. Why does every other casting class have offensive SLAs with free metamagics, but not FVS? (well, unless you count the lvl 20 Silver Flame capstone, which is a pretty weak spell for that level). From what I've seen so far, these SLAs are ridiculously powerful if you take max and empower early, so the power gap with other classes is huge--especially with god mode, I mean sorc, which now has *twice* as many meta-able SLAs.
As such, having a hard time seeing why anyone would run this class as a pure divine caster anymore, rather than running a cleric or druid. Seems odd given that FVS costs TP to access, or 2500 favor (a long slog for a new player). Any thoughts? (If I've missed an existing thread on this, please feel free to direct me there.)