I just played a Vassal game. eHaley vs Morv, 50 pts. He had a Stormwall.
I call bullcrap on it. Granted, what I'm going to write is my kneejerk reaction, but I'm pretty depressed.
It is freaking SPD 9 with eHaley. Take a moment to digest that. A DEF10, ARM19 model with a crapload of boxes is SPD 9 and has reach. It can be bonded, Temporal Accelerated, given 4 focus, Arcane Shielded (which it was), it can pop freaking Storm Pods when it ends move which can then be triangulated to (seriously?). It's freaking silly. Granted it was a bad matchup and I could do things differently (he popped feat and charged the Stormwall into Ghetorix second turn, which I could have avoided), so I am aware that it can be dealt with, if nothing else engage with infantry and force a bad trample, or Primal two beasts and scrap it.
What I'm depressed about is the kind of impact it's going to have on the game. It's moving into two/three list format, so while you can and will HAVE to have a list that can deal with the thing, your other lists are still going to have to be able to deal with it. This means infantry will become obsolete in an even bigger way. I don't know what you guys think, but if I'm going to start seeing 3-4 heavies each game just to deal with the thing it's going to become boring for me really fast. Infantry is fun, but aside infantry casters it's just not going to have any impact on games with colossals in them. Yes, beasts and jacks are supposed to be the centrepiece of the game and currently Warmachine is taking 1-2 jacks total each game, but honestly jack heavy lists are pretty one dimensional. I want a game of combos and tricks, not a game of heavies + tarpit unit + support. Honestly, the eHaley list was pretty one dimensional too, and my problem with it is that I was simply unable to stop it. I knew what he could do, but I simply couldn't do anything.
What do you guys think? Sorry for the messy post, I know the thoughts aren't well structured but I need to get it out of my system. I am of course not claiming that this meta shift will happen as it's too early to say after one game, but it gave me a pretty good idea. I guess I'm just looking for thoughts, theories how to deal with it, your impressions on the impact it will have on the meta.
Oh, and I also hate the fact that I'm going to have to buy a 100? model just to keep up. Screw you PP.