You needed for sports,driving,fishing,working and maybe even knitting,but not in something as leisure as video games.
Now that's out of the way.
Why endurance over skill ?
See i am not going to do a rant or complaint,but more a investigation and theorising thing.
Firstly lets start with the two reasons why is it like that.Or the legendary weapons and ascended gear.But rather than saying that NCsoft is evil and is trying to destroy the franchise for fantasy money,like i use to do.I really have to stop jumping head first in to thing.
After clearing my head and seeing thing in multiple angles.The endurance and pay wall thing is 100% exclusive to them,if even it can be called a pay wall.The deal is that they are crudely thrown in.Also their not enough for a pay wall to work,both in number and value alone.So if they're planing to use a pay wall,their not doing a good job.But to get more we have to examine the items.
The ability to switch the secondary stats.
Unique cosmetic effect
Has the some stat value as Ascended
Also takes insane amount of time to get,more than just getting all stat types for the weapon.
A small stat boost over exotics
The Infusion slots
Takes a lot of time
The value of the stats do not improve the over all power.
So If it's more convenience than practicality.
Why do what they do?
See if casual players have no long term goals they will leave.
And if in return they get some ease,they will stay.
For Hardcore players there is the meta and the lore.
Many if not all hardcore players have two favourite stat sets that they will always use.
So a legendary is waste of time for him.
For the indecisive casual it's a blessing to switch even the smallest part.
For a Hardcore 2 point are nothing.
2 point can be more time alive than dead for a casual.
But still why endurance?
Its the dry season in Guild Wars 2.
And on top of that their rescheduling because of the living story.
And normally big company rescheduling take a lot of time and a lot of your attention.
So basically this items are nothing more than a caret on a stick and something for the casual to feel not useless, through the busy times.
But by the look the wet season is coming and the end of changes inside arenanet.
Edited by gopeone, 27 February 2014 - 07:03 PM.