I will be honest here. I am not sure that we would have been better served by a BioWare or Obsidian implementation of 5e. The flavor would be different, but I think BG3 is probably best served with Larian. Their management and team seem passionate about the project. I think we will see more diversity in combat and more balanced mechanics. As someone that has completed two play throughs, I don’t think the combat is poorly thought out. In my recent play through I used barrels once, just to make the ogre by the door to the temple go down quicker. I don’t rely on shove or surfaces. It does occasionally annoy me that there are few encounters where verticality or surface effects don’t come into play, but I can live with it. It will get better.