Why do we even care about what's "the most obvious choice" in the first place? When I play Gauntlet: Slayer Edition, I see people using the easiest weapons and it makes it all the more fun for me when I use the most difficult weapons and perform far better than they are. If I'm going to use a sword, mace, or axe (regardless of it being 1h or 2h), it's going to be because I genuinely wanted to and I may disregard the consequences or benefits when making that choice and use them anyway. I'm going to be very bitter that the game is continually annoying me with arbitrary torch management, simply because I chose to use a two-handed weapon in that playthrough, but I'll still enjoy myself. I'm a chooser, not a power gamer. Let those people that choose to take the path of least resistant do so, and let us, the choosers, play the game without being penalized because of the way of the power gamer.