I'm glad that some people like Conquest and have fun in it. I, personally, could care less about it. I don't think it should be taken out, as long as there are people who want it. But on that note, I also would prefer that a real contest of pvp skill and teamwork be implemented via 2v2, 3v3, 5v5 arena's. Just as I don't care for Conquest and do not participate in it (even though that means I will miss out on some decent rewards), if you are bad at small team pvp or don't care for arena, then you dont have to participate in it. And here's the thing about what I'd like to see done:
There should be gear, full set of it, rewarded to successful arena players. This gear should be hands down, absolutely BiS for pvp. BUT, it can only be worn in arena's. It can't be equipped in WF's, dungeons, open world, just and only in arena's (a costume, though, with the same modeling, but no stats, could be worn any where). Titles would be awarded and mounts/pets for top teams/players.
There are people, to be sure, who just despise WoW style arena. But there is also a good portion of players here at Rift who would love to have arena and participation, I bet would be high. Trion has not reinvented the wheel with Rift. They tooks bits and pieces from other games (a lot from WoW) and put their own spin on it, and in a lot of cases improved upon it. They were very successful in making Rift a AAA game. I have faith they can take the WoW arena model and successfully transition it to Rift.