Was it meant only for the extremely skilled?
I want to believe it's not because we all bought the game and have access to all the shinies, if we're willing to put in the time. Right? The better players get there sooner, as it should be. I am not as skilled nor will I ever be, though I always strive to become better. My point - The better skilled have easier and more access to the Mistforged Armor set, while for us not-so-skilled players, it's more than just an accepted longer journey.
Access for skilled players:
* Ranked games during season - more wins = more pips/rank experience = faster accruing of Ascended Shards of Glory/rank gain to 100 = fewer games with toxic people to endure/ignore.
* Monthly tournaments - Placing 1st to 4th = 1-3 pieces of armor via the Tournament Vouchers - No Ascended Shards needed, until they decide to turn them in to legendary, but they've already collected them from all the ranked wins.
Access for less-skilled players:
* Ranked games during season - fewer wins = fewer pips/less rank experience = slower accruing of ASoG/rank gain to 100 = more games with toxic people to endure/ignore needed for ASoG.
* Monthly tournaments - Placing 1st to 4th, (haha), never.
So a skilled player need only place 1st to 4th in a mAT (one time) to earn at least one piece of said shiny armor. I've been playing pvp for about six months, am rank 65, with mats needed for one piece of armor and I'm determined to see it through, toxicity and all. I'm hoping that by rank 100 I will have collected enough ASoG for one or two more pieces of armor.
My suggestion is, including even one (or more ) Tournament Voucher(s) and/or a few ASoG for 5th - 32nd placement in mAT would make it a bit more bearable.
I did not mean for this to be so long. Thanks for reading through.
Edit: Tagged: ArenaNet