Naw... all that was to show everyone that you have strength without the taint. That's all.
The taint isn't a crutch. People need to stop thinking this way. The taint unleashes your FULL potential. It's a blessing, remember?
If by "full potential" you mean an utter slave to the master of Jigoku entirely and a mere puppet in his schemes as your FULL potential... then yeah. I've read the RPG on taint, its just super evil steroid cancer.
Having tainted shock troops that were conquerors for the spider, that was cool. I enjoyed that in Emperor edition. Making everyone drink the kool-aid is BORING however. The Susumu were cool as they were untainted master of shourido, but even the RPG supplement says that their times of trying to be untainted might be unnecessary soon.
Remember, I wanted to stay a great clan and wanted a shourido clan. The clan of those who desire to reach their full potential and damn any Bushido virtues that try to stop them. It was a workable concept but Noooooooo... Kanpeki is on his way to royal screw that nonesense. Why? So we can be big and scary for a year or two and then lose and become Saturday morning villains?
They could have brought hoards back instead of Naga. The chuda were unaligned, the Ninja could have been sent out, the oni could have been brought back, and the goblins could have gotten a deck. They just needed a stronghold for them and there you go. BUT NOOOOOOO we have to throw 4 years of story development out the window and flip off the fans by actually lying to them and telling them their clan status is not threatened while they screw us anyway.
Bringing back Hoards would have solved a ton of problems, the Hoards players could have had their old nostalgia back without screwing everyone that actually cared about being a great clan.
ALL the talks of "Shiabatsu Matters" has devolved into literally nothing. He screws us just like Seiken does, making the whole thing completely meaningless. Our clan letter meant LITERALLY NOTHING, even if we won. All we did was bicker over a name, nothing more.
We are on our way to completely abandoning the whole point of Spider, to corrupt them from the inside out. With that gone then the faction I signed on too is gone as well. The fun of L5R to me is the samurai drama, but hoards didnt have that. You didnt get to be a part of the fun, just being the catalyst of the drama. I wanted to be a part of the empire and have fun with it. At the rate story is going, that's simply not going to happen.
I'm sure story is going to be interesting and player interaction will be awesome with the new system, but it will start too late to save the direction I wanted spider to go. I'm not abandoning spider yet, but I have looked into other options.
Being a "clan" of oni waiting for other clans to win story prizes and stop us is NOT on my list of wants from this game.