Don't know why this is supposed to suck, man. It's not that this robs you of your strategy or something. It's just a bunch of randomly picked tiles, which you get to decide to cut out or make some good money from.
Personally, I've found that the game is more vibrant, fun in general and doesn't lose balance. Bonus: beign first doesn't suck.
You guys should try, maybe I am wrong but with my group we played multiple times and we had fun.