I dunno - it wasn't until 9th edition that I had army lists invalidated *twice* before I could actually finish buying them.
The focus on tourney balance is toxic. I realize it's not going away, but it makes the game hard to play in a casual, take-your-time kinda way. Huge barrier to entry, imho.
Back in older editions, you had like two years to gather together a force, build, paint, and that thing would still exist by the time you were done. Now? You have 6 months before the tourney meta requires a point balance shift and rule changes, so you're always stuck reacting to a meta you aren't even playing in. It sucks.
Gotta be a middle ground.
EDIT: New cover rules dropped. More cover to go around, but weaker in some ways. Not substantially different, which is a shame. Hopefully AP is kept under control, but generally speaking I'm disappointed. It's back to LOS-blockers or "doesn't really matter" as our two categories.