So, I have a rating of about 900 RM and 1300 RM TG. Which is pretty low, I guess.
Now, my question is: why is that? I have been playing this game since the days of Windows 95 (though with a 15-year break lol). I actually don’t play multiplayer very often, usually I play the campaigns (I finished almost all of them in DE right now). I can easily win every scenario on Hard, almost always from the first try. I also have gold medals on all the Art of War missions.
I know all the DE hotkeys and I use them all the time. I never changed them though, so I just use the standard hotkeys.
I also use control groups (though not as much as I should).
I know all units and technologies, correct counters, etc. I also know all the civilizations, though not 100%. I couldn’t say whether or not Vietnamese have Heated Shot, but I more or less know the general idea of every civ.
I don’t really know build orders by heart, though I know what to do to get to Feudal Age without my Town Center getting idle. Of course, I lure boars and things like that. Though I often forget about relics.
I watch all SOTL videos and occasionally also the ones from T90, TheViper etc.
When I play, it usually goes like this:
A) In Arabia: my enemy rushes me in Feudal Age. Often I have already walled or I can quickwall, so they don’t do much damage, but because I have to focus on their rush so much, my Town Center or my villagers get idle, I get confused and after a while I get destroyed.
B) In Arena: my enemy doesn’t rush me but attacks me with a nice army in Castle Age or early Imperial Age right when I was planning to start building up my military. I crazily start defending, can hold on for 10 minutes or so, and then I get destroyed.
My main point is: I always have the feeling that my enemy is in control of the game, and I am merely defending against him. He has total map control and I am defending this little corner on the map where my base is.
During the game, I often notice my population isn’t even near 200, or I have way too much Wood or Gold while severely lacking Food (or the other way around). I also don’t know how many villagers I should have ideally or how many on each resource. Even when I have a fully-upgraded army, my opponent’s army is just much bigger and crushes me anyway. And if I use onagers, they usually kill more of my own soldiers than those of my enemy.
I don’t have the feeling that my enemy is that much better than I though, I often think “he’s making the wrong units”, “his trade is so vulnerable” etc. I just don’t seem to know how to exploit his shortcomings.
I don’t want to be a pro or anything, I just want to be able to crush my friends who are about as bad as I am lol.