I am a rusty player who has recently returned to the game, won a few and lost even more.
I am probably going to find another game soon - I am bored with 5x5 maps which always end the same way: with a com rush supported by lvl1. I asked in the client chat why the majority of my games were on tiny maps and was told that anyone with a rating below 500 had to put up with it and learn on these maps. The way the map cycles work, a rating below 500 means tiny map after tiny map, apparently.
I just don't find it any fun. Total Annihilation/Supreme Commander have always been at their best as strategic big picture games, not as micro management Starcraft style games. I simply can't get excited by tiny maps in which the winner is the one who com rushes better - but until I get above 500 again I am told I can't expect anything else.
I am now bored with a game I used to enjoy hugely. I am not prepared to spend hours playing the same tedious games only to get good at com rushing - a "skill" that plays no real role in the game on small, medium or large maps anyway (only on the tiny ones).
I just thought it worth explaining my dissatisfaction here. I feel like I am being punished for being rusty by being given a kind of poor man's version of the game. I can't say I got much sympathy when I raised this in the chat - although one person encapsulated my feelings perfectly when he said he just can't get excited playing on the com rush maps. Fair enough if my thoughts fall on deaf ears - I thought it worth raising them just in case.