Only been through a few games, but it feels much better now, 0.8 was very stifled in this regard. I'm not the greatest player, sure, but being able to afford only lights through half the game was quite dissapointing. Now it feels normal. Not very easy to obtain heavier mechs, but not very hard either. Feels quite balanced actually.
The new ticket system seems to be working against curbstomps too. I'd say balancing-wise this has been a quite good update.