How's the community size for DoW2? Steam has a crazy sale on gold pack right now, but based on what I've heard on Gamereplays forums most competitive players have given up on it until the next expansion is released. If that's the case, I'll just hold off and see how the expansion is received before committing any cash to it.
Well, The player base has stayed pretty stable. Steam stats say usually between 3K-3.5K all the time. I don`t have trouble getting a 1v1 ranked game going pretty quickly. The player base is small though. You may be matched against the same player a few times in a row.
The retribution exp is dropping GFWL, So it won`t be compatible with DoW2 or CR MP. I`d pick up DoW2 if the price is decent, I`d probably skip CR. I didn`t find the campaign that great, I don`t like chaos as a MP race. I`ve logged 700 hours on DoW2, It was a great return for the $30 I paid for it.