I think it is nice to have some opposition which can challenge you if you wish to. If you wish to skip maybe you could do this. Also they just show how they could beat you with finishing animations but you also can do similar with them. If they wants challenge us they could have just implement the weakspot system what they shown to us in many devstreams ago what they scrapped in the end because they knew it may distract a lot of people.
We will see how the changes turns out and how liches will work.