Ok, so I've been using the insane health regen gear that came with the complete edition (I guess it did anyway) and thus I haven't died a single death in combat for the first ten hours or so.
Now I felt like I couldn't forever use Level 5 gear already being Level 14 myself, so I sold a bunch of stuff and geared up with what looked like pretty top notch stuff for the Level I'm at.
The result: I've been pretty much dying my way through every major fight ever since.
Especially the now missing "Health on hit" ability seems to be fucking up my "playstyle" pretty badly, since now I seem to have to rely on health potions which coincidentally have become increasingly rare also.
Has this game like a known balancing issue where te difficulty suddenly spikes (I'm at the 10-12 hour mark) or do I just need to learn how to play now?