So why are people making such a big deal about this? I think that the best arguments boil down to one main point: this "severely" limits some factions more than others. It's true that Mercenaries are going to have a difficult time because they have so many character models as support pieces, and it effectively means you cannot run more than one Privateer or Four Star Syndicate contract, and this basically means that Mercenary players will have to run one of each of the three "subfactions" in a 3-list format. As much as that kinda sucks and I think it's too bad, I don't think that there are all that many Mercenary players in tournaments to begin with. Also, it's not that it really hurts Mercs, it's just that you need to have a lot of models to play in a 3-list format. I just think that there's one particular set of faction players who are hiding behind the Mercs that are omnipresent at various tournaments: Cryx.
|Oh look, it's Bane Lord Tartarus|
and a full unit of Bane Thralls...
Are the Cryx players the only players for whom this is perceived as a negative change? No, I don't think so. I imagine that Protectorate of Menoth players will be similarly disappointed, and anyone who likes to take eEiryss (that means all of you), but I think that they are either taking it in stride or they're just as happy as I am that they won't be seeing the same models/units across the table every single game.
|Seriously, this guy is a jerk|
In the end, I disagree with most of the criticism against character restrictions for one big reason: results. Like I said, at the NETT in July, the first place team won with Cygnar, Trolls, and Menoth - factions usually associated with relying upon repeated character use (in fact, most of the lists were even tier lists... GASP!). Who won second place? AN ALL CRYX TEAM. The character restriction format is fine and the NETT showed that it forces the best players to come out on top instead of just the best lists. This was even a 3-list tournament with everyone having to play each list once, so there was even more disparity between the lists.
Seriously, the world is not coming to an end, and I think we'll all be fine with character restrictions in SR 2012. Besides, it's really only an "issue" when 2 or more lists are allowed.
Edit: I know this sounds rant-y and I know that not all Cryx lists are the same, but they are the vocal majority on this issue. I have no problem with Cryx as a faction, or the people who play them - in fact some of my favorite gamers play Cryx a lot - but their complaints are no more valid than anyone else's. Additionally, as a Privateer Mercenary player, I still strongly support character restriction even if it means me not playing them in a tournament. Even though Mercenaries players probably took this change the hardest, I still have not heard many (if any) complain about it.