Ascended gear is more like gw1 IMO than most would see it as such. The stats are better but small similar to gw1 +30 health weapon upgrade vs a +28 health weapon upgrade and ascended is on par with mursaat debuff. Instead of infusing your armor they give you something more to do to get it than gw1 run here talk to npc boom you are infused. I think a full set of ascended gear vs exotic will give you an increase in stats similar to 1-5 stacks of might boon. Not positive besides sPvP we all max out. PvE no gear grind makes peeps walk away more often than not since games are illusions 0's & 1's. No more progression no more fun. Anet seems to be on right track handling it. Not like lotros roi legendary weapons vs RoR legendary weapons. I may be wrong though we will see.