I prefer Kim. But I felt it was unfair that Kim could take full advantage of her 3utz/3toe in the short, but Mao couldn't take advantage of her 3axel. 3axel/2toe HUGE risk if downgraded, not the same for 3lutz/3toe. This evens the playing field more.
Well it shouldn't necessarily have to "even the playing field". But in the sense that it now allows Mao to attempt a 3Axel as well as a 3/3 combination, then yes-- I like the possibility of that kind of excitement and tension in the short program.