while thats true ofc it is more about a psycholigical thing. a new player is more likely to go out and pvp and try to compete when he knows that the gear he has to use to be equal to a vet(atleast gearwise) doesnt cost him hours of farming. ill use abit of an exaggeration to make my point more clear. when you farm 1 hour to make 10 bags so you can go out and die 10 times its much more likely you would go out to actively pvp than if you have to farm 10 hours to make 1 gear bag. also true to some extend and i have thought about that too but you have to keep in mind that beeing a vet doesnt automatically make you a sick pvper. for the very top of the food chain your statement is correct but mastery weapons would still be alot less common than they are now. this is however the fundamental flaw of every game that features full loot and the only way to get around that is to make all gear worthless. (see UO or UW) however its pretty meh to have full loot when the most valuable thing you can loot is regs so its basically a fix that creates new problems.