After being very scared to play online (mostly due to the insane adrenaline rush that comes with a game against real opponents) I girded my loins this evening and dived back into the pain that is the gold league.
After a 5 game winning streak, I think I'm finally improving (or their balancing is making up for the crappy run of games I had earlier in the month). I'm also pleasantly surprised at the quality (socially) of the opponents. They have all, apart from a couple of exceptions, been very sporting and nice folks. New friends on the list!