They still haven't fixed ascended gear availability. Having it tied to just Fractals and Daily/Monthlies is DUMB.
Oh, and they finally acknowledged that drops are screwed up. Colin himself on the official forums. I guess I can stop being vilified about it now.
Here is the link to the official forum post and what they state is that drops were messed up for Champs and vets, not all drops. Though they did hint at adding better drops in some areas of the game. Lower lvl zones perhaps? Or maybe undoing the orr nerf?
All I know is a bunch of people on this forum were saying there was nothing wrong with the drops. Well, there was. And it was pretty much stated at that time when the complaints were happening that Vets and Champs were the biggest issue.