Here are my observations with bard QA Patch 1184 info (May be subject to changes) Spoiler: Tests have been performed with the following skill tree Spoiler: Song effects with stack impact Spoiler: Song Cast times Things I have noted while testing : Concussive Canticle now once again takes away your focus instead of the targets focus. (This removes the Torpid Torment interaction) Being in the "Play" state did not increase song power. In my opinion, these changes are very nice. Savage Sonata becomes more of a pure bard song, as not many will want to sit for 9 or more seconds casting that for the Buffs, Bards will be a hot commodity! (I'm for hire BTW ). Concussive's Focus drain is a very good thing to bring back to the bard. It generated weird interactions with mobs, and the focus drain is the same as casting a regular spell for a mage, which seemed fair. The damage nerf to Atonal Aria seems to be quite hefty, but it makes sense. I had insane DPS numbers with only that, so I think this will probably be a fair spot. The cast time effects are very nice! Adding in Spellbinders stance, or Chaotic feedback if you arent using Concussive will be much faster and could compensate the Atonal Aria nerf. something weird is that is doesn't affect 2 of the songs (refrain of resistance and Psalm of Stagnation). All in all, I think this will help push the bard tree into an even more challenging but much more engaging direction, so I like these changes very much! Other things to note, Shield of Crystal's buff seems to be more health than before, not a huge change, but still appreciated. Shield of Ice gained a 20% Spell critical damage buff, I expect to see MANY mages try it out!