Ok, great, I’m glad to hear things are starting to come together.
I have immediately implemented your 2nd option that you also have working on your test site and it indeed immediately works perfect. I only noticed that the slider now also pops up on this page, so I will need to dive into the theme to see how I can disable that…
This is actually a silly option that is removed in the next framework update. On your theme options page for each language, go to the Content > Primary Post Lists section and there should be a box you can uncheck that says something like “Include slider above blog.”
I say it’s silly because if someone wanted a slider + post list, they should just create a custom layout instead of a mess of options for different scenarios.