First, I understand there are cost implications and this method would be more expensive.
Now for the question:
Anyone else think it would be easier to take the icnd 1 test then the composite rather than icnd 1 + icnd 2?
The reason I think it may be easier is that some of the questions on the composite will be repeated topics covered on the icnd1 exam. Since it is likely you know this topic well it's like free / easy points on the composite. That is a few easier topic questions in the composite vs all new topic questions in the icnd2 exam.