Thanks to all who have contributed by comment or vote. Quite easy to see the dilemma involved with most people preferring Buddies (2:1 split) but also having reservations about them also and caveats to their inclusion.
I guess most depends on what Blizzard's view is about the game mode going forward. Arena, Mercenaries and Duels dont seem (i could be wrong) to be anything like as popular as BGs, most people play Tavern Brawls for a pack and maybe complete a daily quest or two along the way, so BGs seems to be the main alternative to Standard/Wild constructed play - but still a side game.
If they do see it as something more than that, maybe they could consider looking to offering Buddy and Non-Buddy lobbies for players to choose their preference and do battle with like minded players?
Feel that now Naga's are now back into the minion pool and not auto part of every lobby, along with their nerfs, the game is a bit more balanced and 'enjoyable' - although it still feels quite bland compared to Buddy lobbies. Hopefully Diablo will **** off again soon and we'll see what the next patch brings!
Good discussion though....and i didnt even see any trolling or unnecessary flaming!!!!!!!!!! See, it can be done!!!!! :)
Good luck on the battlefield all!