I just wanted to make a thread to point out the differences between what GW2 posters are afraid is happening, and what is actually happening.
World Of Warcraft has Content gates. In order to do certain things you need to first do X,Y, or Z. In MoP this takes shape in the form of dailies. In order to get access to the gear you need to do raids you are strongly encouraged to do dailies. Now you dont have to do these dailies and can choose to get a full heroic dungeon set and try to do raid content but youll find yourself at a severe disadvantage and you will more than likely not be able to see all the content raiding has to offer. <<<< That is a Content Gate. You must have at least a few higher ilvl pieces if you wish to see raid content.
Anet said they didnt want this type of gate on their content. Instead they have made all content viable since day 1 (provided your the correct level) Once you are the proper level for dungeons you can complete that dungeon no matter how bad your gear is. Dungeons are scaled for replay-ablility and zones are scaled for the same reason as well. Anet then put a gate on gear. If you want this gear you have to run this dungeon, If you want this legendary you have to farm these items. This isnt the same as WoW's gate because in WoW the heroic raid gear is blocked off. A fresh level 90 in greens isnt going to be able to do heroic Heart of Fear. A fresh level 80 in Blues can do HoTW explore and get his gear set. Anet have allowed anyone and everyone access to their content and the items that come with it.
Anet are now introducing a new dungeon. Lets think of it like a exploreable dungeon. There are 9 paths. You have to finish 3 paths to complete the dungeon. After which you are rewarded with the normal loot you get from other exploreable modes. You are then given the option to do 3 more paths with more rewards at the end at the cost of an increase in difficulty. You complete those paths and are given the same option again and again and again. Eventually you happen to get a new item tagged Ascended.
Now pls tell me how the content required you to grind for gear in order to complete it. Tell me where Anet its holding content from you. Your going to be able to clear this content and get rewarded for doing so. The new gear is just another "hey look at me i got really far in the difficulty and can prove it" Not "hey look at me i had to run this dungeon to get to the next dungeon to get to the next dungeon to get to the next dungeon (all different dungeons btw cuz running the same dungeon wouldnt make sense) and i couldnt have done it if i hadnt had this epic gear, Its all cuz of this gear that i completed these dungeons to see the content"
Bottom line. Your going to be able to see the content. Your going to be able to complete the content. Your going to get rewarded and recognized if you get to high difficulties, and you can do this content in all greens.
Ty for your time.