2nd if you only can play 30 mins a session max, why would you need an ascended gear at all. Thats not enough time to find a team and do fractals which is the only content in game where ascended gear could be argued to be a require and then only after reaching lvl 10 of fractals that alone would take at least 30 fractal runs assuming a minium of 45mins per session thats yet another 6 - 7 months .
1) Spending less game time does not make gear gap acceptable. fair is fair.
2) Ascended items have stats that are in no way realted to fractals. My goal, for example, is to get sweet account bound amulet with utility spot and karma upgrade in that slot because it is one extra karma exotic per 6 karma exotics. It is literally best piece of equipment in game - anytime your new character gets to visit balthy vendor, he will walk away with amor AND one piece of jewelry (or just armor, but having spent less jugs)
For someone with fleet of alts, this is major goldsaver.
And, unless there will be more powerfull +karma gear, this item will last forever.
So yes, giving it up is pretty darned insane.
Also, there are MF and GF bonuses ... which are also incredibly good.
Fractals? Agony Resistance? meh. Major economy bomuses that are available and working everywhere, even if you play 30 minutes a day? Now, that is important.
Edited by zwei2stein, 13 February 2013 - 09:22 AM.