By now anyone who is following GW2 knows that this week introduces a new content update that includes a new multi-leveled dungeon that becomes more difficult the deeper you go, a new enemy type the Karka, a new Lvl 80 PvE area, a new PvP arena, and finally a new gear tier. As soon as GW2 players found out about a new gear tier that’s when the rage started, before having any information the assumptions of ArenaNet introducing a gear treadmill were running rampant. But you know what they say when you assume…anyway yesterday Linsey Murdock posted a blog on the official GW2 website, I’m going to link it so it can be read and comprehended then I’ll discuss it.
Ok did you get all of that? Good. Here is what I got from it after reading it twice there is no more of a grind for ascended gear as there is for any other type( except Legendary those may still be a bit tougher )currently available. You will need the infused items to complete the new dungeon in the Fractals of the Mists Dungeon, infused upgrades are of Fine rarity( Fine Items are easy to come by )and can be made in the Mystic Forge from new recipes. Ascended Rings can be found in the Fractals of the Mists Dungeon, Ascended Back Items again can be forged from new recipes in the Mystic Forge. For now infused slots can only be found in ascended gear, so that for now means there is a possibility for change in the future. It’s also of note that Legendaries are still the top tier weapon so no your Legendary weapon you just achieved will not be void now. If you don’t run dungeons but want the gear ask a fellow Guild mate that runs them to get one for you, or ask another friend. I currently have several friends in GW2 that are open to trading items it won’t change for the new gear. On top of that some of this gear can be forged I’ve forged several Exotic armors, since Ascended items can be forged as well I don’t see what the big deal is to some. Remember this is all end game level cap gear and Items for tougher enemies and it was made in mind for the gamers that have capped and have their legendary weapon if you don’t have a legendary and aren’t at 80 don’t worry about it. If you are at 80 and have a legendary and don’t want to bother with getting ascended gear yourself but want it trade for it. Before you freak out read and comprehend what ANet is doing please.