Just tried it out now, and it seems to be a BIG improvement over regular 1.04. Every stance seems useful. The CSC seems to me to be a rather subtle change, but seems to result in a drastic reduction in blocking. Then again, my aim is bad
Bots seem to be butchered with relative ease, contrary to some opinion - perhaps it's because of their tendency to charge right at you.
Tree: I too used hotmail to register - had no problems.