Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
Whether any amount of complexity is "needless" is absolutely a matter of opinion.Eh, I also enjoy complexity, but I'd rather it be optional than have to decrease complexity in places I don't want it.
If they were catering to "casuals", which is a somewhat pejorative term when used that way, the game would have been more complex and harder to play in 2014. It wasn't. The Champion Fighter (Standard Human) is the most popular character, and has been since day one, including when you only look at people who have at least the whole PHB purchased on DDB. So, absolutely not "casuals".
No, it's not. It's just not needlessly complex.