All kidding aside. I do find this 7ed hold over idealism that daemons are broken a little silly. They are tough yes I will grant you that, but they certainly are beatable. Ask all the Ogre players that beat them down solidly in the last league. The High Elves, yes High Elves, and Empire that beat them down in the last tournament, all while using daemon special characters. An army is only as good as its player.
I don't care one way or the other I just want to play, it would be nice to field the army I built for once but whatever.
Bama - Just for fun how about a friendly challenge?
You and me 2200 points of Daemons vs. what ever you are playing in the league. Other than allowing all special characters we play within the confines of the new league rules.
Hey Kevin, not to interject, but I'm not sure what you plan to prove? Is your intention to play Bama and throw the game to make Daemons look soft? Also, I wouldn't say there's a prejudice hold over against Dameons from 7th edition, because to be fair I think the strongest armies in the game are all hold-overs from 7th edition. (Daemons, Dark Elves, High Elves, Lizardmen, Skaven)
The main reason that I believe that Daemons are as strong as they are, is because their core unit choices and characters are the most powerful in the game for the points you spend. Bloodletters for example are WS 5, S 5, have magic resistance, killing blow, and are unbreakable... Heck, most Special choices in the game aren't that good! Pink Horrors can cast spells, have flaming attacks and again are unbreakable... Can Daemons be beat? Sure. We still have to roll the dice and play a scenario with terrain on the table, however when you compare the points up for what the Daemons get compared to what other armies have for choices the deck is certanily stacked in the Daemon player's hands.
When you say that Daemons are only as strong as the player behind them, I'm not sure if you're trying to down-play the army or yourself as a general? Also, I'm not sure what the last tournament is that you are referring to, but I was at the Broadside Bash where Daemons won the whole thing. (All Tzeentch and Slaanesh by the way.)
Regardless, I think you should play whatever you want to play and be happy with that. I just wouldn't look for a lot of sympathy on the "Poorly misunderstood Daemon" bandwagon anytime soon...