In my opinion, even the exotic gears of level 80 is very ugly for my taste. That heavy Draconic Armor looks like a dude cosplaying an anime robe. Come to think of it, all basic armor in the game is really ugly. But the stats are the best in the game, I couldn't argue with that. The aesthetic armors like the ones you get from Cultural vendors, PvP, Dungeons, etc.. are all AWESOME !! Just some are to my taste, others not so much. But all looks better than the basic ones.Which is why it's my own personal long term goal, to craft that armor set for combat and stats. But will HAVE to transmute it with the Tier 3 Cultural Armor. 119 gold... time to *cough* grind.. But it is just me. And that's how much value I put in the in-game currency. Also, money is needed to buy mats to craft as well.About grouping, yes.. It may not be needed to party up. But you HAVE to travel with a group of people in the higher level zones. You really don't want 10 mobs to chase you right after they appear in your LOD. Hahahaha. Need guildmates as a body guard. But hey, you can't complete the map on your own, and they can't complete the map on their own. So why not complete the map together?