Chariots and tankers? You mean those things that have guns and no rfp against Lucant with deceleration and his feat. Yea, I think they'll be fine.
I absolutely agree that the enigma foundry change is the bigger deal. But the locus is pretty good too. Against Anamag it strips her arm buff and a boosted 12 can kill most ogrun even under the blightbringer. Vlad2 has a ton of upkeeps that he really doesn't want to waste focus to cast again. Similarly if it's a caster running AC with iron flesh. And boosted pow 12 only needs to roll slightly above average at a 12 to one shot a democorp.
I'd run CL against pt depending on the list, and AC most of the time. Madrak1 probably not purely because of a theme benefit. I think the prevalence of that theme benefit in trolls and other factions can hurt CL more than high armor in a few lists.
Sure I can see that being effective, I was actually more referring to the covering fire.
Good points about "Bond of Gristle & Bone" (my god, what a name for a spell, haha ) and "Iron Flesh". No real use for Mage Static in those matchups though. But I see your point. I would also much rather have 2 Locuseses (Loci?) than 2 Steelsoul Protectors.
No other matchups you would drop CL into? I have had several games against Khador (not AC though) with my Locke + Axiom list with great success, can't imagine the dudes would do a better job, hmmm.. I'd think CL is best into Cryx, but hard to find another list in DI to cover the rest of the meta ie. go Orion, or Locke, to TEP or not to TEP etc.
Most factions aren't teching for infantry spam. My plan would be drop CL into anything without mess infantry removal or rfp. Khador, protectorate (outside possibly double judicator), cryx, mercs, non shadow retribution, non band of heroes trolls, non masters skorne, lesser factions.
Really I think the factions that can trivially deal with the list are cygnar, circle, and the themes that rfp everything. Other factions can build anti infantry lists but it's not something that's common at least in my area.
Locke can play into those other factions and themes so I plan on her being the other list.