Here you sit with everything you need to create a piece of Ascended gear that you can get from running dungeons. But oh no, look! You need more mats. But hey, these mats are available on the TP. But you don't have enough gold to purchase them. So what do you do? Just this once? Do you go out and grind them for 20 hours and delay your shiny new piece of gear? Maybe. But maybe you buy gems, exchange them for gold, and finish your armor piece instead.
So who came up with this? Was it her, or someone else? Because I'd like to congratulate that person while staying far away from any project they are ever involved in ever again.
Probably was her. ArenaNet's entire loot strategy (i.e., give players poor/no loot a lot of the time) seems based around pushing people to buy gems -> gold in order to avoid the huge amount of grind.
Edit: Predictably, as with any feedback they don't like, ArenaNet has locked the thread on the official forums.
Edited by n00854180t, 20 November 2012 - 09:45 PM.