I totally agree. Right now on Aoe2 HD, the most annoying thing is, that you cant find people on your skill level. I really think it would be an improvement for gaming experience if they add a ladder system. It’s the well made ladder that got me addicted to wc3 and sc2.
In a commercial view of the topic, i think this is also interessting. I guess they also will start with ingame purchases (Like skins and announcer etc.) like on sc2. If people play a game longer, its more likely that they spend more money on ingame purchases.