I doubt mech makes a comeback in the tourney scene... sadly. Although I agree those were really fun games to watch and play. Hyperball in general is what I miss playing. I love a nicely setup hyperball field with a bunch of oldschool markers. We had a few old school tournament days at my old field. They were always the funnest days. You'd have guys show up with RT mags pushing 1200 psi and they were machine guns... next to smooth shooting quiet autocockers with a hint of tippmann in the mix. The sound was fantastic haha.
As for the cheater board thing. I doubt it'll be as big of an issue as it was in the past. Anyone can cheat with a stock board too. Just turn the eyes off and have a higher rate of fire in the eyes off mode... Bam, you have no vision, but you're shooting faster anyway. With todays loaders you can pull that off without issue. You had that same thing done in psp ramping too. Basically, If someones going to cheat, they're going to find a way to do it regardless... and that's an easy way to do it.
I also think it should be semi across the board, get rid of ramping and people will continue to play paintball. They'll save money, new players wont be overshot extremely bad (unless it's mostly intentional), it will create a larger gap between the good players and the ones that rely on their marker to do all the work, and the level of play will be more visible between divisions as the more well rounded players will actually advance rather than the robots.