I sPvP enough to test builds and to try out different rune sets. I'm only rank 9 but I do more than well there. Not the elite ele's you see on youtube; which are so good due to their superior keyboard/mouse skills; but good enough that people will almost always comment on it in game chat. I just don't do sPvP because its boring, 3 small maps and you just fight players with no rewards. No karma, no gold, no drops, no ex. I don't really see why I would continue playing it so I stopped at 9.
And you can tell who 80's are (if you WvW) and who upscaled players are. If they have the arrow, sure they're a walking badge. But my server (IOJ) is always either T1 or T2...our opponents have organized guilds and this isn't some tier 6 server where most players are sub 80. Majorty are and many have the completion star over their head...and if you have 100% world completion and you WvW, I can't immagine you don't have exotic gear. I'm not sure that's even possible.
As of yesterday I have 8542 WvW kills. Unless you think they were all underleveled no gear players, I'm doing ok.