As a newb, I can't get my head around the value of Ascended vs. Exotic gear.
For example, here's two leggings with stats:
Ahmid's Tassets: Defense 254, Power 94, Toughness 67, Vitality 67
Soldiers Draconic: Defense 242, Power 90, Toughness 64, Vitality 64
The ascended piece takes a LOT of components and time to acquire.
The exotic piece is currently available on TP for 1g 20s.
The difference in stats seems quite underwhelming.
Am I missing something here?