Not my experience at all. That seems to be the heart of our disagreement. Last time I fought Dredmor was in 1.0.9 where he was a beast in melee and much easier for wizards. I haven't yet had time to play a straight-melee character to the end of the game in 1.0.10. Checking Dredmorpedia, I see now that the new and improved Tougher Lord Dredmor has been entirely rethemed. His first spells are now Anti-Magic Field and Greater Targeted Mana Drain. That makes Melee (or at least non-Wizard) look a lot more tempting. So, my bad. I withdraw my objections.