I know exactly what you mean.I like rush but on these new maps you're getting pounded right from the off.
STUPID MOUNTAIN MAP WITH STUPID SLIPPERY VEHICLES THAT GET STUCK GRRR!
I found myself swearing a lot in the games I got into tonight. Not in a good way, just found it all more frustrating on the second night than I did on the first - all the slightly broken-seeming things I was quite forgiving of, because it was all shiny and new, now just seemed magnified in their desire to annoy me. Once I was annoyed, I couldn't seem to un-annoy myself, so I didn't really end up enjoying playing it as much as I could have.
Will continue to try and get more enjoyment out of it - I think the fact I subjected myself purely to the brutal Rush mode was possibly to blame - I should have interspersed it with a bit of conquest so that there would have been time to stop and admire the scenery.