Quote Originally Posted by StreamOfTheSky View Post

Why are you nerfing Empty Strike at all, let alone significantly?!
It might just be turned into a feat with a minimum level requirement. That would be fairly significant while still letting you play a damage monk if you so desire. The problem in a lot of campaigns is homebrew against vanilla, so if you're playing with vanilla warriors then losing Empty Strike is kind of justified. In a higher power level campaign then having it as a feat would allow the monk to grow in power while limiting the amount of damage feats he can take.

You'll be a bit MAD prior to the feat, but a lot less than the vanilla class.