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.
Like maras did at pre 1.2 ? ^^
Sorcs were always the most popular advanced class. Since beta :P