So, a topic was started over on Da Waaagh about this, so I figured I'd pretty much paste it over here to see what the Frater here think.
I have to say, for the first time in a long time, I'm actually pretty happy with an edition of 40k. While I do miss things like scatter dice, blast templates, range guessing, sweeping advances, etc, the game is streamlined, faster, and easier to play. Plus not having to track all of those special rules that formations/detachments give you anymore is a Gork/Mork send. I absolutely hated that marketing gimmick. While 8th does have its problems, and is in no way my favorite edition, its the first time in a long time that it feels like every army that has a Codex stands a reasonable chance against any other Codex army in at least friendly games, which is a first in a long time.
So, all that being said, I'm very hopeful, but not optimistic about our Ork dex. Reason being, I feel like out of every Index army, Orks got the biggest balancing shaft out of them all. The only viable lists we had to play competitively were mass boyz lists with weirdboys, warbosses, and KFFs/painboyz to mitigate enemy shooting. Playing shooty ork lists, or trying to use our more shooty units usually ended up not working out too well, if at all. I do believe that seeing every other codex, there is no doubt in my mind the Ork dex will be playable. I'm certain we will get Klan traints and special rules/relics/stratagems, but beyond that I'm doubting GW is going to get away from the "melee horde" style that we have been having to use since the index came out. Will it be playable? Sure, I don't doubt that at all. I fully expect horde lists, transport lists, and melee units like bikers, nobz, MANZ, and maybe even Kommandos to get some serious love. But things like our big/mek gunz, gork/morkanaughts, jets/bommas, deffkoptas, etc to kind of stay where they are at, if get changed at all.
Our index kind of pigeonholed us into being a melee only army. Most other index armies had at least a balance of different unit types to choose from, but Orks were pretty much stuck with boyz, nobz, weirdboyz, warbosses, kommandoz, etc. Hate to say it, but I think we will see that trend continued in the new dex. But, that's just my take on things.
So, what do you guys think? After seeing the Codexes that have been released so far, are you optimistic about changes and reworks? What would you like to see, vs what you think will actually be in there?