The Kessel Runs happened at a time when Wave 2 was delayed. There were many not-so-happy individuals, not only as customers, but also as owners of game shops around the world, who could now neither buy nor sell Wave 2 until after the holiday season. Make no mistake, that hurt. Without the Kessel Runs, we would still all be playing exclusively Wave 1 squads, and for those of us who have been playing since the game released, that gets old.
The game was getting a little bit stale, honestly. You'd face the same squads every week, and although it was fun, it got redundant. The kessel Runs rejunivated the community and whetted the appetites of all of the people who play this game. They re-sparked interest in this game. And I dare say, there are more people posting on these boards now than ever. Is that a bad thing?
Were there gripes? Absolutely. Some places weren't given tourneys, and some places had many. And there was the Idaho store that sold their kit. But overall, i think it was good for keeping the player base that they had happy, especially in light of the wave being delayed for months longer than was originally anticipated.
And yes, there are those of us who now have some of the Wave 2 ships. Can I play a 2 TIE Interceptor squad? Not without proxies, which just isn't the same. So i am still looking forward to the release of Wave 2, so that I can play a number of squads that I haven't been able to play yet. Just because I have 1 of a ship doesn't mean that I necessarily know how flying 3 of that ship will go. There will be a learning curve amongst those who have Wave 2 ships already as well, so those who don't aren't at as much of a disadvantage as you like to think.
It's true there are a few of us who have been playing with the Falcon since November, but keep in mind, each one of us earned the right to play games with it. And those spoiler videos that you have watched, they had to be made somehow. As soon as we knew of the stats, etc for the Wave 2 ships, they were leaked to the entire community, so that everyone could have the information to use as they saw fit.
And I can only speak for myself, but I always let others use my ships if they want, and in fact I encourage it. Like Sunday for instance, we had a new player, and he wanted to play with the Slave 1. So he and I played a 50-something point game, he tricked out the Slave like he wanted to, and he flew it around for a while. I even let him re-do some of his moves, knowing that he wasn't quite familiar with flying it yet. And I helped him out with strategies and such while using it. I gotta believe, as respectable as this community is, that there are many others doing the exact same thing. Is that a bad thing?
There were a lot of Kessel Run tourneys, with 6 ships given out at each one of them, so there are a LOT of people out there with Wave 2 ships. Those who did win Wave 2 ships can't play them at tourneys legally anyway, so any playing is done in a friendly setting. And those of us posting about how to use Wave 2 ships are discussing so publicly. It's not like we're trying to hide information from anyone. We're discussing what we have found out about Wave 2, so that everyone can be on the same boat once the wave releases. As a matter of fact, I even posted a thread about it, and there was a lot of good discussion about it:
I will take the heat, and say I'm sorry, for posting a thread that discusses a possible Wave 2 meta squad. Until the Wave is released and everyone has a chance to build their awesome Wave 2 squads, we can't really know for sure how the meta game will go. I just wanted to publicly discuss what I think will be a powerful squad, and for that, I apologize.
No, I think if the Kessel Runs hadn't happened, there would be a lot more unhappy people on these boards, and FFG knew that. They might have even lost some of their Wave 1 playing base, with all of the delays that they have had. I'm not sure how far back in the threads you have read, but the core set and Wave 1 were delayed for many months as well. The Kessel Runs were definitely a step in the right direction for FFG as a company to keep their playing base happy. Yes, they were a good thing.