So I have been thinking of getting into Warmachines and have decided to take the plunge and buy a faction. I am aesthetically most attached to Retribution, Cyngar, and Cryx (in roughly that order) and after reading play styles and faction traits I have narrowed it down to Retribution and Cryx. I have always leaned towards Retribution for my first faction, but find myself hesitating as they are the least developed in terms of units available and I worry about buying a faction that I may struggle with, or at least have difficulty winning with as (from what I have gathered) they have a harder time winning a match. I played a learning game with Cryx and really enjoyed them. They seem to be a little forgiving in terms of making mistakes (Ret does not seem to forgive as nicely). From what I've seen Ret has a pretty gnarly achelis heel when is comes to stealth, whereas Cryx seems to be able to adapt to the situation pretty well. Also, what are the factions that really hate facing either Cryx or Ret?
Now to the meat of the matter. I want a faction that has lots of control. I really am attracted the the Hypnos, Gorgon, and Banshee, as they offer really interesting elements of board control which shuts down the operation of the opposing faction. Outside of de-buffing the opponent, does Cryx offer any other forms of unit/field/board control?
I also want a very "dynamic" faction. Namely a faction that can hit the opponent in a lot of unique ways. From what I've seen both Ret and Cryx offer this, probably more-so Cryx.
And finally, a player at my FLGS has offered to sell me his Cryx for a "good" deal. His offer is: Cryx Codex, Warmachine rulebook, Two starter boxes of Cryx, Asphyxious, Bane Lord Tartarus, Pistol Wraith, a deathjack, and a Leviathan for $150.
I know there is a lot of questions in this post, I greatly appreciate feedback and input.