"We" aren't affiliated with EK at all - We are in the VC business. I'd rather not go into detail about our company because we aren't here to sell out own products. Just sharing our build-logs!
I can understand why people are going away from EK. They probably made a poor decision, but ended up paying for it in the long run. People make mistakes, it's just a matter of if they fix the problem with better products and better customer retention. From what I heard, EK did replaced any corroded blocks upon request by the customer. Of course you wouldn't want to replace it with the same bad block, but I have faith they got a hold over whatever issues they were having (albeit bad materials, poor craftsmanship, etc...)
After a company takes a huge blow to their rep, they usually don't turn around and release something that has the same problems, to go for another round of being bashed.
I guess that's what I'm hear to show / discuss with everyone. Hopefully we'll be able to shed some light on these improved Nickel blocks.