I was happy with the format too. I've played this game for a while now but still can't (or choose not to anyway,) afford a DJ Korr or Guru. It was VERY fun to play with them. At first I thought it was going to be a bunch of Hurucan cards cuz of the high starting life but then I saw all the Freaks and Sylth Cr and just... ha, it was fun.
The entry fee is pretty steep but you make your money back fast. I probably played 6 times... did really bad sometimes, but always got my 20k back. And this last time I made it to 12 (not perfect though.)
Started with 40k clintz and now I got 160. Can't complain.