That certainly will create more of a middle ground. I think it is a very positive change because it will allow skaters to focus solely on music and interpretation in one sequence. This could contribute to Performance and Choreography, will skaters with better basics/more difficult footwork will still be rewarded for it in the other sequence.
Everyone gets the same base mark of 2.0 for the choreo step sequence, with the only difference being the GOEs, positive or negative.
So this would be the opportunity to show off whatever kinds of steps the skater does best and can earn pluses for on quality or, say, quickness or originality, and to enhance the choreography and interpretation and earn pluses and higher PCS that way.
It's only been a year so far, and last year some of the skaters probably had their programs choreographed before the rule was published, so hopefully going forward the skaters and choreographers will get the hang of using the choreo step sequence for its intended purpose.
improving my ballad- like lines