I understand the desire to move the game closer to completion as fast as possible, but this release seems to have too many changes. Aside from my AOE spells dropping drastically in success rates, I now also have a interrupt rate that basically prevent me from using them at all without dying in many cases. Add to that new resistances by mobs, more changes to "encourage" certain modes of play, and the ever popular XP decays, and the game feels less like a game where I can choose my preferred style of play. I have already posted my opinion about recipe changes in another thread, so wont go into those change here, but they do add to the confusion about the direction the game is going. The whole concept of different play modes have different XP and other bonuses is contrived and dangerous. Now everyone who doenst want to PVP will feel like second class citizens. I normally play in friends when gathering resources because the LAG in collecting resources is much greater on my system when I am in multi mode. Maybe Portalarium should crank up the CPU power and on their cloud servers and the respawn rates for resources to make multi mode more playable, rather that trying to force everyone into multi by introducing what is basically a "caste system" into the game base of the mode and playstyle you choose. I prefer to play mixed mode melee/mage, but now the interrupt rates and lowered success rates I have experienced make that nearly impossible. Health and focus regen is just too slow to manage playing alone when interrupts and increased casting difficulty are added to the mix. Overall I feel this release is too much at one time for the devs to even sort out real problems and know which of the dozens of changes need to be tweaked. It's like tossing 20 different vegetables into a stew pot and then later tasting it and trying to figure out which caused it to taste so bad. With the holidays approaching I see this release as one that will leave a bad taste in player's mouths and instead of getting new players hooked on SOTA during holiday breaks, will instead drive em to buy/play other games that aren't so confused. It certainly is no incentive to play the game.