One of my personal rules: Always question a rule that starts with always.
While I agree that /x can be mighty handy, I think that your case is so simple as to be made less clear by the change. Perhaps this is because I am used to certain regex idioms, or I just don't like your choice of braces, but I would have thought your first version was better, apart from the explict use of $line which is an improvement.
Well the best thing about opinions is that you can always get another.
I'd like to be able to assign to an luser
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