The thing is, the more points you spend in trees the more you see of that particular tree. Of course you know this but the effects on later levels really really made a difference. Quen did indeed dish out damage on higher levels. Patch? If I remember correctly this was the initial design, not something patched in later on.I hear a lot of guys were using the "Quen"-Sign, but I guess, thats the quen, after some patches. Because the Quen I know whas just a personal shielding with no other effect whatsoever. Now it seems to also deal damage when you get hit.
I guess the Axii's "conversion-time" just made it impossible to use. Because you only need it if there are too many enemies at once, and if there are, the other guys - but the one you try to get control over - will just simply attack you. So I too only used Axii in dialogs, which is kind of sad.
And since the magic-tree seemed a bit weak, I never got to heliotrop, what's it do ?
Here's one story for you though regarding spending talent points and the difference I've already mentioned. I finished Witcher 2 the first time with only two Vigor bars. Two! I had no idea that you could get more. Using the Quen sign at that, these didn't regenerate until the shield was depleted. And this was before updates and enhanced edition that changed some very vital things regarding parry and riposte so I rolled a lot. :laughing: