I was rank 40 with all my gear and max favor going into 1.9. I'm close but still haven't hit 50 yet and maybe after a long weekend I'll finally be caught up to the exploiters on gear. It must have been nice to have an advantage for weeks because others did not take place in the exploit. I honestly hope they roll all the offenders back so I can once again have the advantage. I want to be rank 50 and have all the fresh 50's back where they belong with **** gear and bolstered to 36 or whatever just to give them a chance. Others as I did put in the time to earn their first 40 ranks, and we should not have to be the underdog against players who have no business even being in our ranked matches.
I don't care about replenishing the PvP player base and the idea of handing out charity gear to do so is a lame *** idea as most players still won't use that gear in PvP. Anyone who wants to PvP would put in the time and do so and the gear would be rewarded proportionately to your dedication to PvP. So if anyone suggests that this actually assisted in creating more of a PvP player base your delusional.
For the record Conquest is not PvP, it's a game of PvE tag and it has thus far ruined the last shred of PvP that was left in this game.