For once I completely agree with you, especially on this part:
GonFreeces31 wrote:[...]it made it such that tribes like WK or Mermaids were not even competitive at all with rival tribes from other spheres. The more reasonable approach would be to buff other falkow mechanics to be more effective.[...]
I consider it a great pity that Falkow is the wasteland it currently is and is (let's say for compromise's sake "almost") reliant on returns to run anything, and consider this a failure in its early stages of the design, much worse than anything they have done to Refess.
But the truth is, unless you specifically pack to counter returns, you are guaranteed to lose playing a rush against falkow, unless you have the benefit of luck and SP generation. I know you like argue that every kind of file should have its weakness, but I don't think it is necessary to crush it on such a fundamental level.
I admit, I've never been playing falkow much, so I am not the right person to talk at this point, but I did my fair share of experimenting on return files with Bunbun's guidance.
Making Refess (Picking this as an example because their leading direction IS field dominance) mid-reliant worked partially because it was sidestepping the actual problem, though I hope super-miffyre will be able to change that because I see great potential in that SP gen.
Either way, Icy is right, I apologize again to bunbun for deviating this thread.