Some really good changes there, I've been banging on about making barb stances into buffs forever. Mercs able to use class items also good (will they also benefit from +skills for their class - so +1 to amazon skil levels will work for the Act 1 merc?).
The druid changes are enough to make me want to play this patch just to try that. Let's hope it's not underpowered and everyone's gone after 2 weeks!
It would be good to see the entry to Fauzt changed, but maybe I'm the only one that finds it anoying and confusing - I usually give up at that point.
Keep up the good work guys!