You're right that it is less punishing, and easier to pick up. That's why I don't want it, because it means that there is a ceiling where good players can not get any better. When I spend a lot of time playing, I want to see some improvement or else it doesn't seem worth it to me.
And you can get into PR if you want, it just takes a history of detailed posts. Someone will notice if you stick around long enough!
oh certainly no harm in that. I think the main 'issue' I see with you design (sponge 'mon correct?) is that it's 'facial features' are a bit hard to distinguish. I say issue but i think your idea is really creative and doesn't really need much improvement or change.