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One word: Progression
You can see your progression and see others progression (prowess points). In DF1.0 you could not see progress. All you saw in DF1.0 was dirt in your face as you lay on the ground about to be ganked and no way to know if they were better or worse than you skill wise.
As someone with 15k prowess that regularly kills players with 30k or more porwess. The new game is a godsend!
The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.