Though it may well be debatable whether Criid is a hard counter to Hoffman, her crew are rather good at keeping melee monsters at bay. The Purifying Flame and his follow Witchling’s tend to lead the charge setting the table on fire. So models end up wasting AP to kill these and what do they get for that effort more burning, this also reduces the range of actions.
Keeping in mind you need cards to ditch to declare triggers against Criid and you will most likely be running in with a good stack of burning, unless you are going to use even more AP to remove it. This will tend to result in the burning model ending up being a Witchling.