I have to agree with the advise itt to finish a vanilla run first. I did that on Rookie and had a blast, and have now started a normal run on the WotC. The macro game is pretty damn overwhelming for sure, and the options and choices, and threats to assess can feel very intimidating. I think I'll be ok because of things I learned playing the vanilla though, combat-wise for sure. But how to deal w/the Chosen and that Advent meter simultaneously is worrisome. Still such a good game and expansion. I love this game and I played XCOM EU and finished it but never felt this hooked.