The other benefit it would have is if we could make the whole game play on the cloth map too, people with insanely low end systems could actually play the game. Imagine people playing Elemental on a netbook for instance?
Well, GC2 allows you to play only with the tactical view, where everything is icon. Strangely, it makes easier to spot tiny enemy fighters than when using the 3D view. And it allows to have a better view about what is happening in the game.
I wonder how many regular GC2 players are playing essentially with the tactical view, since it allow a better overall view of the situation And I wonder if the same won't be also true for Elemental, especially when using large/immense/insane map settings for epic game: A zoom out view that allows to play the whole game is invaluable to streamline gameplay on big maps.