Greetings Cygnar Community,
This is likely to be a long post as that's how I roll but let me give you the TLDR version.
I'm very sorry if I offended any of you. I'm extending an olive branch and offering Peace. It was never my intent to offend which I will try and explain where I was coming from.
So how'd we get to where we are at? I think to accurately answer that I have to give you some background. First. We don't really plan that much before a podcast. This whole thing got started because we often just hung out and talked about WM. When we decided to start a podcast that is how we wanted it. To just be guys talking about what comes to mind around the game of Warmachine and Hordes. Lots of good idea's come out of Stream of Consciousness like that. Lots of horrible idea's come out as well. I can tell you the entire MWEH thing was all off the cuff. We didn't discuss it ahead of time. It just happened. Now that being said. It accurately sums up my impression of these forums. I mostly form my impression by what my playerbase is telling me. We have a very active large group that is constantly adding new members. Our current football league is 32 people with several wishing they had signed up. Now in the last 6 months I have no less than 3 players approach me and inform me that Cygnar is not competitive and expressed buyers remorse. I'm one of the primary pressgangers for the area so I get to talk to a lot of my playerbase and I get a feeling for what's going on in these forums. I freely admit that I don't read every thread. I don't have that kind of time. So that is how my perception was formed. I have my playerbase bringing this too me and I see thread titles like http://privateerpressforums.com/show...3251-Swan-song or
http://privateerpressforums.com/show...ly-competitive from the main boards which where I go if anywhere to read anything. Now to be complete. I don't have this issue with any other faction. All factions are very well represented in my Meta and I don't see this behavior from the others.
Now I am going to rant about using Convention winners as a barometer for how competitive a faction is. The sample size is incredibly small. The data is practically worthless. For example if you took Jason Watts and Jake Van Meter's performances out of those numbers they skew a ton which I think helps to support my theory that it's the player and not the faction/lists. This is my personal belief. I'm not a PP apologist. Everything is not perfectly balanced. I don't think that is possible. With that being said. The game is balanced well enough that good play can make any faction competitive. I also get annoyed with excuses. I have found in my experience people will give you every reason under the sun why they lost but... I didn't play well. It was the dice, The sun was in my eyes, I was sick, My dog died. Whatever else comes to mind. When I review a game that I played I always think of tons of things that I could of done much better. Whether it's more focus effeciency, better placement, or even giving my opponent a 10% chance to kill my caster when I don't have too. I want my playerbase to look to their game first and their faction second for why they win/lose.
Now I am not a Cygnar expert. But I have a very good understanding of the game in general and have watched and participated in a lot of very high level play. I talk about the game with a ton of really really good players. Jake, Chuck, Flanzer, Will, Benesh, Nigel, Keith, Chad and i'm sure i'm forgetting a lot of others. I don't like to toot my own horn. Actually I hate it but I for the purposes of this discussion. I am very well informed. I don't just willy nilly say things like "cygnar is competitive". I put a ton of thought into that and I'm open to being proven wrong. Which is why we have Keith playing Cygnar. He is a very good player and I expect he will win something big with them this year. If he doesn't that doesn't necessarily mean i will change my mind as there are a ton of factors that go into wining something like a convention but that is my expectation. I feel like the Cygnar community could use someone to rally the troops.
There is certainly legitimate complaints about different things in the faction. I can see how this happened but I want to make it clear. I am not saying that you don't have a legitimate gripe about specific units or models. The GMCA is not a super strong piece. Every faction has these issues.
I often forget that the people listening to the podcast don't know me and it's impossible to read tone in text which will likely get me in trouble here. And the podcast is not a visual medium which also makes it hard to see things. So here is me tooting my own horn again. I'm pretty well known in the community for being a good sport and having a good time. Please see here http://www.warmachineweekend.com/eve.../award-results. I don't have any malice towards anyone. I have a good friend of mine describe me as the most Sarcastic Optimistic person he knows which confuses the heck out of him. So if you had been sitting at the table with us when we were doing the MWEH bit. I'm fairly confident you would of had a better impression. We were laughing and the spirit of it was in good fun. We are very honestly excited about trying to prove that Cygnar is a good faction. Should be a fun ride.
So that's where I am at. I see how we got here and I'm truly sorry if I offended. I was trying to give you perspective as to where I am coming from. Basically, Cygnar is in my opinion a competitive faction. I think that basing how competitive the faction is off of Convention winners is folly. We were doing our thing and the MWEH came out organically in good fun with no malice in our hearts. We are genuinely trying to prove our theory which is going to be the fun part.
Peace and Love,
PS -- there really is some good cygnar info on the podcast =). If you can keep up with the rampant topic switches.