I'm with Captain on this one. Gw2 isn't that grindy, though the updates do show a pattern between both sides. Sometimes adding grindy stuff (ascended gear) and others, just helping out people the easy way (like money flowing out of everywhere with better dungeon rewards, dailies, champoins,etc).
But coming back to the OP, ascended items aren't even useful. Hell, you can do any content with green, rare or even exotics if you insist on those. Of course, no one forces you to grind for max stats gear, but if Anet explicitly say there is "no grind for max stats, only for cosmetics", well I have no clue what they were thinking about with ascended.
And the model of GW1 was infinitely better. Max stats is easy to get and if you want a shiny armor, you just had to pay more.
Ever since Fractals and Ascended gear happened, I have been feeling more and more behind in GW2 even though I have been putting a lot more time into GW2 than I did in GW1.
If anyone thinks that Ascended weapon can be easily afforded by a casual player, check out some of these estimates for only getting from crafting level 400 to 500, i.e. not even making an ascended weapon yet.http://gw2crafts.net/huntsman_400.htmlhttp://gw2crafts.net...ficing_400.htmlhttp://gw2crafts.net...ncraft_400.html
Check out dulfy's site for making an ascended greatsword:http://dulfy.net/201...coverage-guide/
Note that items like 500 Pile of Bloodstone Dusts, 500 Dragonite Ores, 500 Empyreal Fragments require some level of farming at specific areas of the game. They can't even be bought since they are account-bound.
Pile of Bloodstone Dusts - Champion loot bags
Dragonite Ore - World Boss Chests
Empyreal Fragment - Dungeons/Fractals
Since I have never liked Fractals, I have also given up hope on ever getting an ascended back item. Yes, I am still at basic level 1 Fractals even though I was part of the head start crowd. Ascended items, the way they are implemented, make me sad.
No grind for max stats? Right...
Edited by Daesu, 04 September 2013 - 11:35 PM.