It's a pain getting into an LCG, at least competitively, yeah. But there's more going on here than just that. The News section of this site dedicates less and less to this game, as weeks go by with no new news. The posts in the forums are now few and far between.... It was a full 8 days between posts in this section recently. I think more and more competitive players are leaving the game, me included. It sucks. The game could be great.. The battle packs and previews for future battle packs keep giving us more and more unplayable cards. I followed this game competitively for 18+ months despite having NO ONE TO PLAY WITH, but now the designers and marketers are just bringing this game down.
I made the move to AGoT a couple months ago, bit the bullet and invested several hundred dollars and I've probably played 10x the amount of games as I had of WHI in 18+ months. OMG! People go to leagues! There are tournaments and people travel for them! Guys in the area regularly meet up just to test and play!
This game is just in a funk right now, and FFG needs to step up if they want to save it. Or continue what they're doing to the game and watch players leave for greener pastures.