I don't mind the gemstore too much, since I'm saving up enough to buy the gems for it (thank god they're reversing the thing or else I would cry during winterday).
But I always enjoyed the other methods, and to like.. work for it, like dungeon armor. So that would be nice to have again.
I also didn't buy the nobel one. I really prefer armor now.
I hope the Leyline armor is great and fits the light (female) asura perfectly. I'd be very sad if it's shit on asura once again, while I spoiler her with the Leyline daggers.