There are still levels where it appears that the zone-in breather space hasn't yet been implemented. Some of the zone-ins can still be quite, um, overwhelming
Such as this one:
This one I survived, but it's about 50/50 when this kind of zone in happens. One CC isn't going to save me, and a quick escape move *may* buy me space, but often it does not. Sometimes I just run into another pack, and just try to get a few licks in before I die.
If I was still leveling my summoneer, I would probably use tremor, then force burst (Onslaught would serve same purpose) to get my bots up so that maybe I could finish them off.
I don't think Salan intended to make this harder to level. This does not include the boss for the Halloween quest -- my little necro hasn't managed to kill Peake yet, haha, but we were forewarned that fight was not written for lower level characters. However, she was able to finish the quest to get the War Titan and earn a magnificent soul
With the exception of the Peake fight and the zone-in mobbings, I'm finding the Ember Steps to be about the same difficulty as the the DK leveling zones, and I love the variety. I'm finding the phase beast boss rather tough on my lower level characters, but I saw in the development notes that Salan is planning on tuning him down a bit.
hokewi, may I suggest you post some screenshots of where this happens? It might help Salan tune the dungeons.
If you're getting frustrated, an alternative I used sometimes when the old DK leveling was still in place, would be to go to Selrock and do a quest or two from there, or buy a portal to the Clockwork Castle and just kill champs for awhile (the xp in Clockwork Castle was very good, btw. My husband and I pushed to reach level 100 in time for the Halloween quest there, and it worked out well).
And welcome to the forums