Speaking of ENDISWAL, is it sad that I'd much rather he start with that instead of APHEELSIK?
ENDISWAL is one of the best glyphs in the game, even before accounting for the "swift foot" class feature. So no, not sad at all.
I just convert APHEELSIK immediately in 90% of runs.
It doesn't work on everything, but it's a great way to earn easy bonus XP against bandits or meatmen many levels higher than yourself.
I'd say the worst class is the Fighter (generally) or the Monk (in specific cases - Hi Cursed Oasis!).
I disagree with putting Fighter as the worst. His lower XP curve means that he gains level-ups much more rapidly and if he gets momentum it's just one ding after another. He's not so hot on vicious scenarios or purist runs where his lack of combat class features really haunts him, but with a good glyph and item prepped he's not bad at all.
My biggest complaint with the new Assassin nerf is that it has really
entrenched human as the go-to race for melee or hybrid assassins, with elf dominating caster assassins. Goblin Assassin, one of the game's most interesting combos, just isn't effective anymore and that makes me sad.