I wouldn't say you die often in Shadow of Mordor. I died twice at the beginning, because there was a spot on the map where three captains were ganging up on me. With time the game becomes more and more of a cake walk. It's cool to dispatch a group of orcs in a few strikes and finishers, but the challenge is not there. Even the captains/warchiefs don't pose any threat really. You don't even have to pay attention to their weak/strong points. Attack>get hit streak>finisher>rinse>repeat.