Hello! Thanks so much for reading and for the detailed question!
My review of the Kraken V2 was the one with the round ear pads. The new oval ear pads are more comfy! I had actually intended to do a review of the version with the oval cups, but my pair had a broken headband and I had to return them, and I never got around to picking them back up again for a review.
If you can get the Kraken’s for cheaper, absolutely get them. I’m a big fan of saving money, and the feature set of the Krakens is great for the discount price you’ve found. Plus it sounds like you’ll really enjoy their looks and their RGB feature. Looks are important too! I know you don’t see the headset when you’re wearing it, but you will have to look at it on your desk also, haha.
The Alphas sound a little bit better in ways that audiophiles will enjoy, and their leatherette is much softer, but neither of those things makes the Kraken bad!