Im more of a lurker but aoezone is arguably the best place to talk seriously nowadays. Discords are disonnected between them and reddit/official forums are extremelly casual/chaotic places.
Aoezone is the better place for deeper tournament info/organisation for us casters, players and more...
I like it, to play and watch. It skip the most boring part of the game. I hope the devs balance some of the more powerful civs for EW. (Nothing strange, is a relatively new gamemode vs 20 years of rm balance changes)
All mods get unchecked when patches are released. I have a spanish video explaining how to get them permantently but not in english.
Make sure you have it activated and try to prioritize it. Also i recommend you to have local copies of all of your important mods.