I know there are not many Gentlemen behind Statamic ( two or maybe three developers) and The Lodge appears to have been a good deal of work. I sure seems very full-featured and capable. And with the upcoming features and The Trading Post and you must have quite a bit of development time wrapped up in it.
There's little doubt that Tender was not all that was needed for this community.
But does a written from scratch system make sense for a small development team? I assume that, beyond the initial development, there will be feature additions over time and probably updates and maintenance required.
Will this have too great an impact of Statamic development? I'm sure The Gentlemen have some pretty awesome ideas in the hopper for Statamic 2.0!