I really dont think so... You can have enough to open up to power and get the bowie on round 4 pretty consistently...
Once you play through the map and learn the geography and how to navigate it, finding the pods more quickly becomes easier, and there are actually atleast 4 or 5 open areas that can be used to train, as well as several camping areas if you're into that instead.
But I am a bit biased. I got to round 69 on day three, and the map doesn't seem all that difficult to me. Also, the lack of a buildable wonderweapon, or really any buildables besides the shield, is a plus for me. There's not anything ridiculously complicated or annoying on this map either like there is on ZNS. Plus, all the challenges you can do to get rewards are very user friendly. You can actually go and check the rewards board to see if you've completed each individual task you need to to complete the special weapon steps.
To me the map is pretty good so far, and I actually like replaying it like I did with Der Eisendrache. But I would be interested in hearing your counter arguments.