I think most people soloed the game without respeccing, since that feature came out way after release.
I respecced on my 3rd solo it was not available before and the only reason I even went for a 3rd was because White March offered all these shiny new talents/abilities and items.
But I have to agree with Torm51 the whole beauty of PoE lies in party synergies.
I've been playing a lot of Baldur's gate lately and that game is the exact opposite.
Soloing is a lot of fun, but parties do not really have synergy above being able to combine different class skills that a solo char might not have all at once.
An ideal player created party in BG will always be made up of 6 solo chars, like for example 6x Thief/Mage with Mislead and Black Blade of Disaster BS cheese.
In PoE you can do stuff like having a tank chanter who gets proned by a priest while wearing an item with +50 defense while prone (and still keeps chanting) and add a cipher who transfers this defense to the whole party with mindweb.
Even the infamous 6 chanters have more synergy than a BG (or Tyranny for that matter ) party will ever have, because while they are all about defense and raw damage which is a pretty similar principle to power in other games, they can deliver that damage in a very unique way by stacking dragon chants with each other, something only this specific party composition achieves, while 6 paladins stacking SI do not even come close to the effect since SI does not even stack the same way chants do, the damage just adds up, since it's not a DoT.
Edited by Raven Darkholme, 12 August 2017 - 02:19 PM.