On the other side you can definitely argue that the game would probably be dead by now if they didnt make the switch. Well, would have been the same to me Atleast the comp scene got over most dumb unlocks quick, alltho every new map that gets added to the pool is god awful.
Ever since then it took a nosedive in the wrong direction mainly because they decided to go f2p and make people keep dumping money into it. Valve might make the least cancerous f2p models with TF2 and Dota2 but it affected the quality of the game so much. If you like it how it is now thats cool, but