A lot of servers are running all maps so having premium helps with finding games, but it has more uses than just that. Premium is a good bit cheaper than all the map packs it contains, and some other smaller things. There are 5 map packs planned and premium is/was less than the price of buying 3 separately. The expansions add more than new maps, they also add new weapons,eg. the f2000 and mp7 are included in expansions. And both are awesome At the moment the next battlefield game out will be hardline which is being pushed into next year, and even then it is a different type of battlefield game so the community of people playing bf4 will still be pretty active. Not a lot of people here play bf3 but the community is still alive online there. So, in my opinion bf4 won't be dying down until bf5 which doesn't have a release date yet but is 1 year minimum, and maybe even 2 years out. And we have no problems squadding up so if you need help, hop in TS and we can setup a squad and run a few normal rounds to get you used to the game.