@chrom who are you losing to? Why is everyone so concerned with gear in an MMO that does not require gear to experience all the content. You guys who praised GW2 for not having a gear ladder, and praised them for having content that was access-able to everyone. Are now critisizing them for adding gear that isnt required to complete content.
You guys are more concerned about gear than the actual content of the game. If a game came out that was purely cosmetic where gear had no stats and there was no character progression at max level, non of you would play it. No matter how many cosmetic sets they added, or how much they expanded the world, or how many dungeons they added. You would not do them because their isnt shiny stat increases at the end.