I copy here also the comments on FB so far, to encourage the discussion.
Cormac Higgins (Ireland):
"A. I like B personally but I think 6 players is just that tipping point to making it difficult for new/ small countriesm"
Krzysztof Piszcz (OP):
"For me odd number of ppl is good direction - draws go away, we can go 1-0 with battle points as tie breakerm"
Marco de Scordilli (Italy):
"I really like D for list variety and to have the same pairing mechanism of the past years, but I think option A is the best to encourage participationm"
Halil Kardıçalı (Turkey):
"A seems good to me :) Lowering player required per team helps a lot for team formation.
Am I safe in assuming that there will be no repeat of faction represented in the team?"
Gísli Baldur Bragason (Iceland):
"A sounds like the choice if you want more teams, So I go for A."
Łukasz Golonka (Poland):
"I think A is best option for now. It will bring more variances, more funny builds and should allowed new countries to participate more easily."
Rick Porsius (Netherlands):
"What about if it becomes 7 factions, keep teams of 6 and one faction won’t be chosen? Warhammer isn’t playing all the armies eitherm"
Leonidas Pasios (Greece):
"Voting for A. But I would also think about option D because that would give more players the chance to participate at ETC."
Filippo Bosi (OP):
"Imho: we are struggling to get new teams in. Smaller teams is rather useful, at least as a "tryout" for the first year of 2.0.
Also, avoiding repetitions in factions fosters variety in the game. Add to this that "unique" cards and the carpool itself are gonna be much smaller."
Nicolas Durand (France):
"E can make it difficult to get a team for some countries (France included).
I would also vote for A. It would also allow for more diversity in the team composition due to the fact you're not forced to use all the factions. At the same time we may lose a bit of the hard choices that make ETC format special (across 7 factions there will be a lot less pilots and upgrades redundancy). But with 2.0 being totally new, that is already a risk anyway (probably Rebel Fenn Rau will not be as good as Scum Fenn Rau for instance)."
Oliver Pocknell (England):
"I think A would be the best option for now, As we expand, it would be great to have teams of 7 ! but we will see how we do with that ;)
Spreading spanish italian polish and GB players around the smaller teams could work but it would be good to have proper teams!"
Sverre Martin (Norway):
"A for my part. For a small community like Norway getting 5 players will make it a lot easier to field a team."
Marcelo Soto (Spain):
"We’ve been fighting with ETC orga in order to be upgraded to main event and their “excuse” has always been: you’re too few, get more players...
We need to grow in number of countries attending (Filippo has done an excellent work on that matter) and cutting the teams to 5 although is easier to get a team, gets less presence from each country.
If we see the other systems:
40k had 32 teams of 8 (256 players)
9thAge had 36 teams of 8 (288 players)
FoW had 20 teams of 6 (120 players)
We got somewhere near the lowest with our 72 players but still too far from the others.
8 man teams is really far away from what we can assume (at least for a few years) but going for less than 6 is a mistake for the image of X-Wing towards the ETC community. IMHO"
Germán Quiroga (Argentina):
"Argentina likes “C” but I’m pretty sure we will go with “A” not many players can afford the trip. We are still working."
Elias Holmgren (Sweden):
"On one hand, I like the idea of multiple lists per faction. That means less "auto-include" and not just the top list of that faction will see play (which in turn increases tactics/strategy in matchup).
On the other hand I agree that we can't have teams that are too large. 😕
I'll follow this topic with great interest as the new edition rolls in and we'll see how organized play starts forming!"
Janne Niinivaara (Finland):
"I would go with "A" unless the Clone wars release is really fast paced to have a reasonable amount of options available. We'll be way wiser in Q1/2 of '19 when this has to be decided.
Personally, I'd stick with the Ep. 4-8(9) stuff as long as possible to avoid the inevitable Jar Jar Binks crew card."