Not much was dumbed down from my recalling, however if you consider the impact corvettes had on the game, it just shifted the style of gameplay.
Couple of patches ago it shouldve been left alone as the balance imo was almost perfect. It actually required micro and macro to be the best. Right now very little macro is needed.
I left honestly because of the lack of players and how long it would take to get something going, without any real semblance of happening.
The lobbies need redesigning so you can tab in and out whilst in game lobby, perhaps a ladder system since there isn't a singleplayer campaign, it would've kept it a little more alive. ICO is just a little lazy in that respect.
Still... After playing once in awhile it hasn't changed really.. Doci is still shit, Auqia is rarer than a white rhino with red eyes and lenin is still here.