@op: I know how you feel. I've also started playing less for the same problem. I've thought of coming back and dealing with the metagame, but I get bored, because I'm forced to use a certain selection. I still play W:EE sometimes against the AI though.
When I first got the game before the patches came out, I liked it a lot, it's the best game I've played set in the Cold War. My opponents would use a lot of different units, I never even knew about half of the ones I was facing, until later, when I was getting good at the game.
As the game got a few more patches, I noticed people started using strange units, like MBT-70s, which surprised me at the start. Eventually after the infantry reforms, a lot of players I faced decided to start playing to win, with one strategy that I had NO response to.. AA+AT combos.. it was very annoying, eventually this strategy got old and not a lot of people did it anymore.
Pact got more weaker as the updates came along, so I decided not to play the game until another patch comes out. When another patch came out, the game became a bit better, but the community changed, lol. Sometimes when I join a game, I see a bunch of guys in a clan, looking for an easy win. This didn't make sense to me. It was until later on I realized the whole variety part of the game was gone, everyone I've been facing deployed the best unit in their arsenal for something they're meant to use later on, "realistically speaking", and they'd win because of their superior micro.
This can mean I'm bad at the game, but I did okay at the start.. maybe it was due to the lesser level of micro needed?
The micro was also good way back then, I remember going AFK for a few minutes to do other stuff, like eat cereal, then I'd come back and see how everything went.
I'm not complaining about heavy tank + anti air combos, but people seem to buy a heavy tank at the start just to ruin the first wave of the opponent and go in for an easy kill.
I tried a few ranks games, but I'm not a competitive player, so I lost a lot.
Right now I decided to try using my old deck on the game, but I've been losing pretty badly. I guess I'll wait for a new patch.
So basicaly, you never played the game for very long and now things settled down and a good portion on the community knows how they want to play and know their units well?
Of course most pact players field 2 T-80Us because they are so fotm, but i still see a heck of a lot of T-62s and other low end tanks. Maybe anyone remember the time where NATO players used every available Chasseur FAMAS once, because they where the fotm. And people cried about them the same way others cry about heavy tanks now.
Yes there are units that arent used as much like others, but that was the exact same case before the increased range for some MBTs. Personaly i dont see more diversity in an army of Pattons and T-55 clashing into each other than what we have now. Besides, Pattons or VTS1s outgunning T-80s, like before the patch
, wasnt the perfect game either.
The pasture is always greener on the other side.