I have no idea whether the nerf was intentional. Needing one more person to get an appropriate level of focus, is a pain in every spellweaver's back. I could accept the Word of Death being made useless in PvP. They could have reduced the massive damage a bit, but hey, they killed the whole spell instead. Figures. I could live with the lvl 1 focus with yourself being removed (I didn't even know this was possible). It even seems unlogic to make a focus with yourself; if they'd allow a focus with yourself, the dev's could just have made Spellweaving more powerful. But needing 3 people for a level 2 focus? Now I am actually thinking about dropping spellweaving again. I mostly used the skill for PvM, because Gift of Life comes in handy. Spwellweaving wasn't very powerful. Most of its spells are rather useless, and the rest has extremely long casting time, high mana cost or extremely short duration. It was hard enough anyway to find someone for a focus, as spellweaving always was an unpopular skill. I assume, more people will give up on this skill now. Seems to me that the only remaining powerful profiles are Samurais, Archers, certain Necromancer templates and, of course, tamers.