I’ve played quite a few games with Ulix and Old Major in closed beta. Old Major started out the beta with adding crows to friendly pigs. It was not very useful. Changing it to rams was a good thing IMO. Yes; it does restrict your playstyle and encourages you to create a power pig ball. I find it fun and challenging - especially against crews that punish bunching up. It means you have to make hard choices. Most of the M3E strats and schemes encourage spreading you crew -= hard choices for a Ulix crew. Old Major isn’t bad offensively either. A lot of the time; it can make sense to charge him in at later turns. He is not just a buff taxi anymore IMO.
I used to play Neverborn, and I missed the fancy tricks in the beginning, but after playing beta Ulix for a while; I am very happy with the non linearity of him and his crew in the current version. I hope they don’t change anything.