personally i prefer high growth and little to no yield, which is why i did consider, but ultimately passed on VAS and went for the IVV + VEU combo instead when i was converting from being primarily an options trader to becoming a long term index investor several years ago. that's just me though.
I did consider the total return position at one stage with a view to selling down over time due to the favourable CG aspect but went for moderate growth plus income. Prefer to buy my groceries with the cash in bank rather than worrying about which tranche of 5 units I'd need to sell. . I have avoided those products which generate a high yield by returning a large proportion of capital.
When I first started investing there wasn't much I could find listed which gave international exposure. Sure there were unlisted funds but I got burnt with them so after extracting myself from them stuck to LICs. Now, since I have a bucket load in LICs and in VAS, while I still invest in VAS and sometimes in LICs, a large portion of my funds are directed towards VGS which in itself has a large exposure to the US with which I am comfortable. Emerging markets would have been a possibility in the past but not for me now with the greater associated risk (as defined by me for me. )
But as you imply it's an individual thing.
Generally I feel if investors stick to broad based, relatively low cost entities and not jump for what may appear the "next best thing" as some apparently do, while they may not shoot the lights out they won't go far wrong either.