Just posted a tread like this without seeing yours xD
Anyway. Im not a fan of Mercenaries for folowing resons.
1. Its alot more scary to be alone.
2. Mercs ai can cause trouble ant irritations and i dont want it to be solved like a wow-pet.
3. It will be messy when 4 ppl running around with mercs in a group.
I do agree with you that i can choose not to use the merc but if its like D2 where u get auras or cc from them its hard to say no to a buff like that. I cant say no at least and i really really dont wanna play with them. But i feel forced because i wanna be as good as possible.
And i also want to say that really see why ppl like them and its alot of fun hunting for gear for them aswell.
I started out in D1 and there where no mercs there. Maybe thats why i feel that mercs shouldnt be in the game? Anyway. Think there will be mercs. Hope they make it work better than in D2 at least.