With all the talk about DM empowerment, I had been expecting a return of DM fiat. I played 2E for years, so I'm familiar with it and was comfortable with it in the past. I find myself having a violently negative reaction to it now, and I think I've figured out why. 5E is mixing DM fiat into the mechanics. I'm finding myself hating the mixing of the two, where I'm more ok with them in isolation. It's trying to go both ways at the same time and it's a Frankensteins monster.