I spent the first 3-4 days playing mouse and keyboard. I picked up an xbox controller and for the first day or so with that I was questioning if I should have stayed with M/K, but then I got used to it. I haven't had a console since the sega genesis days and even then all I ever played much was the NHL series, so I'm still not good with a controller, but is definitely makes flying easier. The precision of my turns/aiming is pretty pathetic with the controller compared to the keyboard, but overall I think it will be better in the end. There are some very high ranked people that play M/K though, so I don't think it really makes a huge difference if you put in the time to become comfortable with either one.
The first night with Xova and Caldin, I think I hurt my team more than helped with how bad I was.
I'll be home in 2 weeks, so we'll have to round up the crew and have some Deranged only matches. Even Mea thinks this game is fun - I got her a copy too.
A big bonus for the Deranged crew with this game - there is no leveling to worry about, at least leveling that improves your character, (you gain experience and level up and unlock cosmetic rewards) and no gearing up, no raiding, no enchanting/gemming your gear up, trying to keep up with a level or gear curve, crafting or anything else that takes time. You just play it like Quake or another of the early FPS games where you hop in and go and your skill is the only thing that decides how well you compete. The games are only 5 minutes long too, so it is fast.