Just a quick link, but if you haven't read Rock - Paper - Scissors and Malifaux yet you probably need to. It's by Joel Henry, one of the UKs top Malifaux players and all round a great human being (even if he does play Neverborn).
The article focuses on evaluating models for their uses in Malifaux and if you want to start to get into the mind of a top player this is a good place to start.
The only thing I'd add to his thoughts is that I might be tempted move buffs and de-buffs to their own category (Spok) rather than lump them in with the area control that is paper, but you can't have everything.
Meanwhile I'm setting off to the UKGT shortly, in other words whenever ukrocky turns up to give me a lift, so I'm looking forward to giving first edition Malifaux a good sendoff and catching up with people I haven't seen in a while.
Oh and this tickled me in my morning metro on the way to work the other day;