Yeah, and there are a lot of viable strategies that take into account some risk. My buddy and I have also found hard mode to be the way to go. You start out weak, but you very quickly become powerful, so hard mode helps the game really demand that you make use of all that power.
We got into a fight with a bunch of drunk goblins and poison flowers, and it was a symphony of explosions. Turned out, letting the drunk goblins burn themselves to death running on fire was the way to go. Quite amusing.
Funny.. we did the drunk goblins lastnight! My friend is an Air/Hydro mage and I am Geo/Pyro, he hates when I spread my fire all over the ground because it limits his vision. I killed him 4x in that fight because he insisted on moving up..haha
The sleeping goblins a bit further in the camp was a real hard fight for us too.. I think all of last night which was a few hours we only got into 5-6 fights but most of them were epic.