I agree , imo it was pretty much a buff, lets not forget that now there is a bigger difference between defense and dmg buff from expertise, which gives a buff to burst classes , if you ignore the better curve of bonus dmg, smash dmg has been buffed by 3% and all other dmg buffed too.
On pvp servers like POT5 or JM there are almost always more sorc/sages than sent/maras logged in at 50. if you check those that are pvping there are usually more sages/sorcs than sent/maras.
It doesn't really matter what nerfs BW throws at them, mercs and bad sorcs are going to whine about maras until the end of time.
Like maras did at pre 1.2 ? ^^