Did you know that using barrels is completely optional? Fighting in no way requires you to use a single one throughout the EA. If someone can't resist using mechanics he doesn't like, he breaks the game himself, it's only his fault.
Thanks for your comment. By the way I have not used them.
Its obviously something you thought through as well before posting, since players not using those it also prevents the AI from using it. I've yet to see AI constantly rushing to shove you into the abyss... never happens because I never would use it against the AI. It also shows that the development team is spending exectly no thoughts how to implement these things into combat and balance accordingly.
So thanks again for your opionion. It taught me something that some might say it was slightly obvious to everyone.