I get what you're saying, but this pack is all about using mods that aren't normally used. Using corporea sparks or automagy instead of AE, botania tools instead of tinkers tools.Um AE2 sucks and takes way to much to get into even for a late game mod. That shatter takes some doing to get and i don't know if spending 40+ Hours would be the same as a tool you can make in the first hour of play time. The stream axe sucks unless they changed require you to keep standing there while it chops down the tree which in turn doesn't really save that much time. why do you need to clear leaves? it isn't a Skyblock map pack. to the last one there is a mod now that lets every pick place torches. Tico crossbow are better as i have used witchery ones and if you have you know that they are cool but low damage. We don't need stuff that does the same thing we need stuff that does it Better!
AE2 does not suck. It's a neat mod and the channel system is really fun to mess with. Though it is more built around automation than storage really. If you just want to store all your random crud in a few blocks, it's not all that complicated to do. However if you want to start automating stuff, you need more power, more resources, and more channels. You'll also need an automatic mining system of some sort to be able to generate that much resources. Which makes sense when you're doing complex automation stuff.
The thing is, tinkers construct is put into most packs. It's the definition of overused. Also, because it's so easy to get the powerful items, it completely overshadows the functionality of other mods. The hammer is easy to get, so nobody makes terra shatterers. The cleaver is easy to get, so nobody makes elementium axes.
The axe of the stream isn't about saving time, it's about saving effort. A massive tree with 50 branches is a pain to cut down manually, but the axe does it without you having to go monkey mode. And as I said previously, the easily available tinkers tool makes nobody get anything else from other mods.
Clearing leaves? I was just checking off tinkers tools. The scythe does that functionality, and some packs don't have fast leaf decay or random things to speed up the leaves falling, leaving you to either wait for the leaves to decay naturally, or cut them down yourself. The scythe clears a 3x3 area of leaves in one go. The horn clears a large area of leaves in a few seconds.
The torch thing? that backs up my argument that tinkers has functionality elsewhere. You could use that mod instead of tinkers for the torch placing functionality.
Botania also has more powerful weaponry, but you have to earn it with mana generation and progression instead of mining a few ores. And they're more interesting than normal bows and arrows.