I was playing online with a friend of mine tonight, as teamates. We played two games where one of the other team dropped, and were sorta bored. I only wanted to play one more game, because too many games and I can't sleep, so I started a game called "2v2 competent players only." Two guys joined, I asked if they were good, they assured me they were, and we started.
My partner ended up wiping one guy out with his scouting force. I had gone random and was orc, and they were both eldar, and that made me nervous, so I gone fairly quickly for nob leaders and then tracks. I sent in my army in the remaining guy's base and met.... almost nothing (my partner ended up fighting his army elsewhere); the base was destroyed in about 30 seconds.
I watched the replay and the first guy had built: guardian, guardian, bonesingner, aspect portal, SOUL SHRINE, but no plasma. The second guy didn't even cap. all the points near him Totally incompetent.
So here's my question... any suggestions on how to get decent players into my games? Clearly ASKING didn't help. In starcraft one could check the stats on a player by typing "/stats [name]" so you could see what you were up against; is there an equivalent here? If that isn't possible, what can I do? I'd say I play MAYBE 1 in 5 games where I feel challenged, and I'm not THAT good. It gets sorta boring.
Thanks for listening, and for any suggestions.