As a player who completed the Hoth Cycle and just bought two Echoes of the Force packs, I feel pretty crappy considering if they ever do decide to host a tournament in my area, much of my card pool has a limited lifespan.
That's much of my card pool being subject to question, and definitely deters me from ever bothering with a tournament. Bleh. Everyone I know is still catching up but the consensus is now to primarily purchase only non-rotatable cards. Or none at all? Oh and please don't ever pull a "that's not in rotation"
And in AGOT (I am pretty disappointed about that as well, even if the card pool is massive), there's likely no hope for using a 2E card in a 1E deck. That's a cue for the casual player to stop expanding their card pool.
I read the articles and the letter, but I'm still not convinced FFG really gets the big picture. They are absorbed in the world of 'meta' and 'competitive play' so much that they forget that the overwhelming majority of their consumers are not going to tournaments. Ever. And this is prior to the rotation announcement. These are people who truly enjoy the quality of their product, and regularly; but have not completed or kept up with an always growing card pool, or aren't offered tournament or store events (which by the way is not technically specified). These people will be at a disadvantage after much expense, and will likely avoid tournaments if they did intend to go.
My point is just don't stop selling the packs because they are out of rotation please. That would be awful. I thought LCGs were "buy what you like to make the card pool you will enjoy and the rest will be in print forever, with new ones released monthly." I can understand creating "categories" or the restricting of objective sets that can or cannot be played together in an immense card pool, but complete phasing out of sets I've paid for? No thanks.
Maybe we should recycle the cards that are out of rotation then, eh?