Hello all. I posted a thread about power creep and ascended gear around two months ago, if memory serves correctly.
At the time, I was full exotics except rings, back, amulets, and ear rings. I was noticing that I was just not performing at all in WvW , and my suspicion was ascended gear plus the power creep from the two expansions had made ascended gear more of a necessity for WvW than the current population was lead to believe.
Now I have full ascended armor on my warrior except for my boots, which I will craft soon, and the difference is INSANE. I am by no means a good player, my main games are wow arena and overwatch (blizz fanboy i know, but i still support anet a lot through black lion tp purchases). However; with the full ascended gear, i now find myself regularly winning 1v2, 1v3, and ocasionally 1v2 + multiple + one fights while roaming solo.
The "damage" and survivability increase is definitely noticeable for me. My build and gearing stats are the same. It is not a "got good" situation either. It just seems to be fully, 100%, the gear that helps me rip apart enemies and be more tanky than I was in full exotics.
Just my observation. Please discuss, and offer any thoughts or objections that you may have. I am genuinely interested in this topic.