When it was announced, they hype was understandably high. Not player housing, but something better! Building your own city whenever you feel like, wherever you feel like. Customize it with your chosen NPCs, each named by you. Select your additional features, choose between different buildings, choose their look. Pretty sweet, nearly a Warcraft III base in a MMO game.
Now, it's pretty much a, well, a slowly evolving quest hub "with a twist". You can't customize anything (which was a selling point of garrisons), you can't choose anything and everything goes down a linear leveling path. Yes, I get that making more option is "hard", but without them garrisons are slowly becoming the new Path of the Titans. A awesome and cool feature that was being slowly but steadily put to side by developers, just to be replaced by Glyph System - a boring excuse of a once hyped feature.