Yea it's a pretty recent addition to the game and made me double take as well. It's more of an end-game tax if anything as it takes a while before your character even has enough leveled skills to seriously consider needing a second bar, but nevertheless a P2W addition.
Ara Haan is probably my new favorite character to chain combos with. Talk about smooth cancellations and fast cast action skills to cancel and restart combos. Unfortunately it seems I can't say much more about the playsession until Tuesday morning.
Thanks for clearing that up on the bar. I don't have a problem buying it. However, my friends who I play MMOs with don't spend on games and are too stubborn to let me buy them anything, so they refuse to play p2w games on the first sight. A game is nothing without my friends.