"EDIT: This is a rant to blow off steam. Remember that when you read it.
For now at least. I'm not touching the stuff until I see the FAQ and see how much I enjoy the screwing we are all going to receive. Yes, most of it will be fair or at least something that can be worked around, but this is turning into a damned money and time pit.
You know, I might just be a "scrub" and not worthy of competing on the top tables. It might be a pure talent issue, but it definitely is a time issue. I cannot go out and play multiple games of 40k most days of the week. Which means the more I have to change my list and play style, the less capable of having any shot at the top tables I'll be. Which means being biased towards the "scrub" tables anyway.
I'm not in this for the money (although it would be nice), I'm not in this for the glory (yes, that is nice too), I'm in this to test myself. I'm not in this to tie one or more limbs behind my back (or have them tied there for me by having to learn how to play a list on the fly because I cannot finalize the thing until two weeks or less before the tournament and maybe get two games with to playtest). All of which means that I don't give a flip if "even the guys in the 0-4 bracket have something to compete for". For most of the last 9-10 months, I've maintained fairly close to a 3-1 win/draw vs loss rate. Which means if I go 0-4, 1-3 or maybe even 2-2, I'll probably be polite, but hope you draw my name if you are in those brackets at NOVA for the first two rounds of the second set, because I'll probably walk to the table, shake your hand, congratulate you on your win, fill out the paperwork with you and then go do something else.
The problem is, I have put in a lot of my time, including time taken away from other things that might have needed it, to prepare for NOVA. As much as others? No, which is why I can figure I'm not going to go 8-0 and 6-2 would probably be great. However, it was the time I could budget and I gave all I could to it. Of course, as long as NOVA gets to brag about being the first 6th Ed GT (which nobody will care about in a few years anyway) rather than the last stand of 5th, then we should all sit around and sing Kum-By-Yah and give it our all for the cause, right?
Oh, there will be a pretty face put on it all no matter what, but I think if Mike thought last year's explosion was bad, then this year is going to be worse. Especially since I've already gotten hints of NOVA FAQ rulings which are not going to be in line with what I think GW will rule. True, I think most of the NOVA FAQ rulings will be spot on, but I've seen a couple of snap calls and use of flawed logic to make rulings that will make some builds a lot stronger. Oh wait, the NOVA terrain meta last year did the same thing didn't it?"
I agree with parts of this post, so I thought I'd draw some attention to it. The main thing that I wanted to note is the absolute importance of getting a FAQ released soon. Algesan mentioned why this is important, as a great many of us are spending huge chunks of time and money to attend this event. 6th Edition was released only 3 weeks ago. I understood the desire to be the first major 6th Edition tournament, but it has created a huge work-load for the Nova Open staff. And time is running out very quickly. There is only 35 days left until the event. Some of us still need time to paint and play-test our armies. ;)
However, I need to be fair to Mike and his staff. Throughout the year, they have put thousands of hours into setting up the event, as well as tens of thousands of dollars in front-end financial costs. No matter your feelings on the event, you have to appreciate the work that Tournament Organizers put in to put on such large-scale events. No one is perfect, but they are doing their best to create the best event as possible for us.