I have noticed this for sometime but never really got to writing about it and am surprised no one has brought this up. The death spiral seems to be a stagnant pattern for every character regardless of trait or skill level, yet in the quick start pdf, some characters had much "longer paths".
So I am a little terrified of the new rules. Let's say the heroes are going against a villain that is very skilled or has some kind of special weapon. He could obviously easily have a 10 in STR. If I understand the rules correctly he needs 11 wounds to take a dramatic wound. So you would be looking at 44 wounds to knock someone out.
I am I crazy or is this seem like....really hard for a normal group of 4 to 5 players. Each player would let's say deal 3 to 4 raises worth of wounds each beat. It could easily take them forever to displace 1 STR 10 villain.