I'm super late to this thread. I bought the Age of Empires 2 reboot on steam. That game had a quickmath and a yahoo games style rating. But no matchmaking. The vast majority of my games were low quality. Korean tower rush. Franks knight rush. Turkish Janissaried and bombards. I won the vast majority of my games doing whatever I felt like. I watched the replays and here was one common element. My opponent was not as much of a student of the game as I was. They never bagged their boars and they farmed way too early. Of course I won! I played that game extensively for a month. I was "#2000" but I wasn't competitive - just playing in what little free time I had between work and children. I lost interest, the quickmatch dried up, and I moved on. PA doesn't need starcraft leagues. But it does need matchmaking or I'm nervous it will run out of momentum without it.