Following the hashtag #ETC2012 on Twitter there seems to be one topic only: the Stormwall. - The Stormwalls to be serious because obviously they're played in pairs and there's a rumour that the whole team Belgium plays Stormwalls only (that'd be 8 in total): http://j.mp/Etc2012
For sure: the situation at the European Team Challenge 2012 (216 players with full 4 man teams) is very special. Right now players have access to the Stormwall only. There've been lots of complaints about this situation and players of other factions wanted to see the Stormwall banned completely.
Still, is Cygnar going to be the new Cryx? "Colossals killed the infantrymachine star?" The ETC will start today and we'll get lots of interesting stats and battle reports about the effectiveness of Cygnar with 2x Stormwall in a highly competitive setting soon.
In my opinion one thing is already crystal clear: Colossals will change "the meta" more than any other evolution has (think Wrath). If you like it or not: you will have to think about dealing with 1 or obviously even 2 Colossals (Stormwalls only?) on a regular basis. So even if you're not going Colossals in your lists, you'll still have to change them most likely. eEiryss might become a duty for Warmachine players for example etc. pp.
UPDATE #1: The (Belgian) StormWALL is true...
UPDATE #2: The full collection of Collossals at the ETC 2012...
UPDATES #3, #5, #9 from Norbert Brunhuber: Found 4 more elsewhere. Please recalculate! ... Actually 5 more. #etc2012
27 Stormwalls at 216 players = 12.5% - or without the 7 known pairs:
20 Stormwalls at 216 players = 9.26%
UPDATES #4, #6-12 - The Stormwall Teams with their final placements:
- Team Sprocket (#10) is the Belgian Team with the 8 Stormwalls
(Darius, n3mo, pHaley and pStryker)
- Dooleys Disciples (#13) had 1 Stormwall (Haley1)
- Team Susan (#15) had 2 Stormwalls (Nemo2)
- Team Epic Flail (#20) have 1 each so 4 in total
(Nemo3, Stryker2, Caine1, Haley2.)
- Team Netherlands (#21) also has a player fielding double Stormwalls
- Devil's Dice (#25) had one stormwall in a eHaley list
- Epic Slayer (#39) had one player with 2xStormwalls under eHaley
- Kernow Kings (#42) had a Stormwall run by pCaine
Aggregated and my final thoughts regarding the Stormwall/s: http://j.mp/Stormwalls