While the deckbuilding mechanic is no longer my problem with Star Wars: The Card Game, I am glad it was the first issue to be addressed. The tension I've seen here and elsewhere regarding set-based deckbuilding has given me much concern for the game's initial reception. I hope that fans of the saga will at least give it a chance before dismissing it as CCG blasphemy.
Yeah, this game definitely faces a bit of an uphill battle. Between those who are disappointed that it isn't the co-op game that was first announced, and those that are wary of the deckbuilding, there are going to be a fair number of detractors right out of the gate.
You are assuming way to much about the detractors. To say the game has an uphill battle because there are some vocal people that refuse to look at the game because it isn't co-op (and such people existed in opposition to the game being co-op originally) or don't like a deck building mechanic they've barely seen is pretty presumptuous. The vast majority of the people that will buy this game are not going to be posting on the forums about it at all, let alone pre-release
Perhaps rather than being brief I should have written my case more holistically, knowing that you would pick apart the literal meaning of my message. Indeed, while I've seen the vocal detractors online, as stated in my first message, I've also mentioned the game to CCG players at the LGSes I frequent, and to other friends who play casually, almost all of whom have expressed a neutral-to-negative opinion about the set-based system. I can't speak for other areas, obviously, but at least in my area, there does not seem to be much support for the game, other than the fact that it's Star Wars.