I'm all for change. I'm not for the snobbery we have over an activity that no one has heard of.
Now when I think of change, "snobbery" is a place I really see a difference for the better. I can recall attending a show in 1978 and going to a souvenir booth by a major contender. The people of this booth were in a heated discussion with the booth next door about what they both perceived as poor judging at DCI East. They were looking at prelims scores and I asked, how one of the local Massachusetts corps fared, one that happened to be in that evening's show. Both corps claimed to never have heard of the corps, and when I said they were competing that evening, I was told, by one corps "they compete against us, we don't compete against them." I think that was a pretty common attitude back then. Since that time I've been to shows where the host corps stands at exits and thanks spectators for coming to support the corps, something that never happened back in the day that I can recall. However, the thread is about judging, not corps' snobbery.
As far as the new judging is concerned, I'm not sure it is going to make a difference. If this happens to be Crown's year, or Academy makes the top twelve for the first time, or a corps advances a few spots higher or lower than last year, some will claim it's only due to the new judging, but that's to be expected. However, if we look at a perennial competitor, Blue Devils, they have been in the Top 5 since 1975, most of those years in the Top 3. They started winning when the tick system reigned supreme, and continued to be dominant as judging has changed. Like all good competitors, they know what judges are looking for and plan accordingly.
My opinion and predictions: there may be some kinks this year as judges and corps get used to the new system, but the winners and losers will be rather similar to past years.