I think the only reason I thought everything has been so great is that I have only been playing for about 3-4 months. To be honest, since I'm not a raider anymore I'm starting to see this game doesn't have a lot for me. Other people might think it's great because this game 'isn't for casuals', but it's really not a good thing for the game.
I bought a 6 month sub and have some extra time from ascending people, but I'm starting to regret the purchase. I'm sure I'll keep playing it, but character progression grows rapidly stagnant in this game at max level it seems. I have been logging the last week or so to do crafting dailies and zerzala dailies and nothing else, because waiting around for events is honestly not very fun.
Bottom line is that this game seems to be mostly for raiders. I thought a restart on achievements and collections would alleviate that, but it's just not enough in this game. I'm actually pretty sad about this.