The issue is not that the game is gear based. It is a grind MMO after all
The issue is that ranked encounters have been removed, and max ranked (i.e. geared) players get access to lower geared players, which is the equivalent of facing off on Ishkal or Greenscale on your own.
I suspect that most of the max ranked players who post here have been playing RIFT since beta, so when they ranked up, they did not have to do as much respawning as players newer to RIFT have to endure. When they leveled they were all pretty much much even.
I accept the gear aspect. I don't like the unbalanced warfront compositions.
R40-50 should be in their own warfronts, and if that means longer ques, so be it.
The gear gap between tier 1 and tier 3/4 is massive. (http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-gene...ml#post3848387), and anyone suggesting otherwise must be either delusional or lying. Fact.
If you want to keep the gear gap, keep the matched warfronts
If you don't want matched warfronts, stop qq-ing because players are qq-ing about the gear disparity.