Edit: oh, and ANET has already said they plan to add other ways of obtaining ascended gear, including wvwvw.
There are dozens of things that led up to this point. Back then, when people farm dolyak escorts, what did they do to fix it? remove exp/karma indefinitely. Now people run supplies out of goodwill. When people hack orbs, what did they do? remove orbs until further notice. Not saying they did nothing, they did, here and there, like moving lord's room in stonemist to 1st floor, limiting group heal to 5, etc. But they were tiny compare to new contents they were pushing. And then, came wrong nerfs, wrong buffs, in-game bugs not fixed/bugged events (while offering a free trial, I might add), free transfer, communications, etc. which others have discussed in other threads. You don't want me to sound like ranting, do you?
yeah, I want to see how they'll implement ascends in wvw. But probably won't make a difference, new comers still won't stand a chance against vets. Meaning, population is all downhill from here.