Just wanted to report back. Took the DC ply out for the third time today. I feel much more comfort in grabbing an edge and riding straight. I've been able to ride a lot faster (with more confidence) both when carving/edging as well as straight.
This comes down to camber versus rocker, nothing against Rome or the Mod Rocker.
It's definitely not a beginner board, but I would hold onto it. Great board once you can utilize it.