I like the 14HP precisely because it makes 2HKO's extremely rare. That's just not something you should have to worry about in ELO I think. Holding isn't a problem... it's a strategy. It works well against me because I love to win the first round, lol, but I don't see why anything needs to be 'done' about it.
Just for the sake of conversation though... if we can agree that having 14HP is fairly important, then perhaps an alternative solution would be to lower the starting pills? If you made it a 10 pill game instead of a 12 pill game then holding wouldn't be as prevalent because nobody would blow 7 or 8 off the bat. Even me (maybe.)
Lowering Pills = suddenly attack manip is king.
I suggest RAISING Pills to 14 to give Power Manip clans and non attack manip clans a chance.
Also, raise life to 15 or 16 to prevent the Damage Manip clans who have mainly 8 Powered cards from overtaking the gamestate.
Otherwise, that might or might not just shift the game ? Although, raising life past 14 might hurt Freaks, and it might help them. . . Not fully sure.
PM changes "Attack per Pill" whereas AM provides a flat change independent of pill count. Therefore in high pill rounds PM is more efficient and in low pill rounds AM is more efficient. Take Dj Korr Cr vs Tanaervera Cr for example. Assuming both players put the same pills down, Korr has more attack between 1-3 pills played, they tie for attack at 4 pills, and at 5+ Tanaer has more attack.
Raising the starting pill count will increase the number of pills in play and therefore the potential attack efficiency of PM-based cards/clans. AM will always generally be more popular (imo ianal) though because it's easier for deadpilling scrubs and there are more AM clans in general (7 compared to PM's 3.5).
^The .5 being Frozn if I didn't miss my guess.
Anyway. I'm going to try focusing high-damage decks as they tend to squeeze more pillz out of Opp.
I've plenty of cards to build decks out of any of those clans. I only wish I could afford adding Montana (More like Monana) to my collection.