Slightly sad to see manual blocking go away. I'm one of those edgy 'melee mains', and I rely on blocking for some expanded mobility, like Block-gliding (aim gliding with melee. Good if you dont want the zoom in you get from aim-gliding with a gun.), and the ability to rapidly change the direction of my rolls (Blocking or aiming while rolling allows you to change the direction of your roll really easily.).
Personally, I REALLY like most of the changes, but I would rather be able to choose when to block.
Blood for the Blood god and all that.