I didn't expect this, but I find daredevil to be the best new specialization. I haven't ever really liked stealth, and played (rarely) thief with sword/pistol. That was ok, but somewhat boring in that most cases required only interrupt spam. Daredevil though is a very active play style that is effective without stealth. Not that I am very good with thieves, I am still downed in a stiff breeze, but I was giddy with how much fun I have playing that class.
I am using staff but for me, that isn't the key. The doge mechanics including near permanent swiftness and a very large endurance pool make playing thief fun (at least for me). I think I will stick in general PvE with this class, but it makes for a fun change of pace.
Has anyone else been surprised in a similar way?