While i will admit i hate the update, i also admit it honestly changes very little. A high end sword is still going to kill a mob even with the silly mechanic. Servers that have custom items and maps will still have them, a fish that can one shot something will still be able to. Its not the combat mechanics that annoy me its the fact that its such a silly gimmick that they're obsessing over. Its like that moment in LOTR where the elf slides down the stairs on a shield, its a silly gimmick and a lot of people just hate silly gimmicks. There have been plenty of other gimmicks in the past that some people thought were cool but never made it, why is this one so valuable to need to shove it to everyone?
I'm biased i admit that i like simple games, its one of the reasons that i like Minecraft. People say that those against the update don't like change? I don't mind change as long as it makes sense, tossing a system like this into a game built on simplicity doesn't make sense nor does it flow. If people who don't like the update simply hate change, then for people who like the update i ask, why are you so obsessed with making things more complex?