How about if Ascended gear was the GW2 version of Vabbi gear - more expensive than 15k gear, but cheaper than FoW with no stats boost?
Would you not be able to enjoy the new content?
Of course i would - my internal 'need' to get stuff just because it's there made me fill my HoM full except for the uber rare minipets. I owned all the elite sets to be found in GW1, all the weapons and so on; i also collected all the annual minipets just because they were there to get. And i enjoy it all, through and through, from my rough beginnings full of awe when seeing someone in a 15k armor up to buying my own obsi set and displaying my own GWAMM.
It took me some time, but as i said, i'm in no rush with getting the Ascended gear in GW2. I do not have to be able to farm Fractals on day 1, however i am getting a new goal to pursuit and that alone is exciting.
To get further down you will need the infusions. The agony is a dot that can't be cured/dodged and grows in strength. No amount of skill of get away from it.
But pure RNG + grind + luck can.
Magic Forge recipes are not RNG or luck. We already know we will be able to get Ascended stuff and infusions from the Forge recipes, aka with no RNG involved; some grind - possibly, if you absolutely must get those new items on day one. I don't, but in the end, i want to have them on all my toons - but i can take my time and enjoy the time spent chasing the rabbit.
I am amazed how many tears people can shed about something they haven't yet seen in the game, yet they already 'know' how will it turn out based on OTHER games.
As i said earlier, it's not GW2 that's tainted by gear treadmills or gear lockouts - not yet, not until it's proven to be by actual in-game situation; it's the players coming from other games that are paranoid about things they didn't like in game X and see shadows of those things in every corner.