Good thoughts Al, thanks.
I'll still work in 3 week cycles, generally that works out to 2 heavy weeks and a lighter week. I think dependant on which type of sets/reps scheme I choose I'll either plan for all three weeks (WSB DE style) or just plan for the two weeks like I used to do and take the final week as a light deload (2 weeks heavy, 1 week light).
WSB style is probably more stressful as the same lifts are used and intensity is relatively high throughout the three weeks. I could get away with it previously because I was only training each bodypart twice a week, and there was such frequent switching of max and assistance exercises.
The other method is probably more stressful, this is what I was doing prior to WSB for the bulk of the year. Frequent training, heavy volume and intensity, basically going balls to the wall for 2 weeks followed by a light week, my 'classic' way of training.
I know I want to go for a more frequent schedule and ideally I would like to forego the traditional deload in favour of something heavier. So I just need to find a way to accommodate that. A happy medium would be to use the more stressful frequent training but just rotate the lifts like a maniac across the 2-3 weeks. That is sort of what I was aiming at with one of the reps/sets examples.