I'm playing Emberquake engineer, mainly dumping points into strength and somewhat less focus. Level 20ish. Veteran difficulty.
Despite the repeated warnings, I'm levelling charge reconstitution (along with healing bot and force field). regardless, everything kills me. i have 1k health and mobs hit me for 200-300, elites may crit me for 800 if they feel like, I'm struggling against solo champions because I can't build charges against them and I'm struggling against any amount of mobs larger than 3-5 because they tear me to shreds. i chug potions non-stop and die regardless.
hitting a champion with 35000 health with a 120 DPS white mace (nothing else drops) until it dies, knowing that you will instantly die if he charges and your health isn't full, and getting a +7 poison damage wand, is not fun. In fact, that's the opposite of fun.
(even with synergieshighloot, elites maybe drop a potion if they feel like, and champions drop useless green shit).
(I also run torchlight essentials but i doubt that's what makes the game so boring and badly designed)