I recall 2010 being hard/boring as well until we got superstar/legend.
I still have a lot of slots to unlock - I think 6/12 still.
I've just realized that I can't hit people at all and am not going to try until I get more slots unlocked/higher level.
But what would make it more fun would be to have everyone on-line again.
You are getting your scoring touch back, too.