Caraldor / Loxana
From my perspective, this is a price drop because the overall price has dropped. It only becomes an increase if you choose to purchase the removed sockets and/or resurrects. Certainly the game might become harder with less of these but it could also be more challenging and fun!
I can see the point of others who have posted that AS changes don’t have much to offer high level characters, so I hope the otters have another plan to encourage them to stay with the game, otherwise..... the only reason to come back is with new expansions, which really seems normal to me after pkaying other games and then going back when something new is released.