Frustration with Ascended Gear / Updates
They're introducing more ascended gear in the next patch. They are introducing the laurel system to get the gear outside of the Fractals but you can only get that currency by doing dailies and monthlies...not doing the area that you like. So if I like to WvW...now I have to find jumping puzzles and have to spvp and be in spvp tournaments, just so I can get my monthly done so I can get laurels so I can (I assume after months and months) have enough of them to get some ascended gear.
Does a single person doubt that by now they couldn't have introduced Ascended gear in WvW based on the badge system? That in all this time (after they admitted it was a mistake) they couldn't have figured our the correct rate of badges to charge for it? Ofcourse they could have.
My guild has a strong suspicion that when it's rolled out in WvW it will be a new currency and not badges, and all the time spent in there would have been for nothing...badges are hard to get and once you get the invaders gear it's next to useless except for siege. (given the drop rates)
So it will be February, more ascended gear will be out, but still no way ourside of FOTM to get my gear. The earliest I could hope to get something would be after finishing the February monthly, after doing content I don't want to (grind) and I strongly suspect I'll need more laurels that one monthly gives to buy a piece of Ascended gear. So it will be April-ish or later till the non FORM players can hope to get one piece of ascended gear.
Most people here know that i enjoy the game and that my major (only) gripe with the game was and is ascended gear. Their continuing mishandling (well I believe it's intentional) of this is giving many people pause. There is no way to know if ESO will be the GW2 killer, but I can tell you that the ascended gear situation has made the core of my guild, all sign up for the beta and create a website and we're actively recruiting and figuring out the faction situation because we're upset over this....since we're very much a WvW centric guild. I'm just suprised how much AN has really ignored and avoided the strictly WvW playerbase. Makes me a sad panda. /end rant.