Wish I would have checked out this board earlier to get my comments near the top but I hope someone is listening. As I've skimmed over these pages of comments, my feelings of the update are about the same. Compared to what we had before, this is a DINOSAUR! It's slower than molassas and just feels like a step backwards, except for the graphics.
And since we're on the topic, GREAT GRAPHICS except for the coin flipping process. You say this is more like a real-life TCG game?? Not the coin flip part. In a real game that process takes 4-6 seconds?! How about distributing cards WHILE the coin flip is going on. Have you watched TCG games? They are fast paced and fun, this update and exciting and sllllooooooooowww... That slow has killed the fun.
My other suggestion is to allow a 3-tier animation option that ALL USERS must acknowledge at first login. Full animation, moderate animation, and minimal animation. Removing all animation would actually cause that user's experience seem like the other player (who might have full animation) is taking forever. Oddly though, I do enjoy the fact you can't click through animation, but give us a compromise here and shorten the time it takes for many of the animations.