Well the boxes certainly kill the crystal part of artifice since you can get +41 stat crystals with a level 10 requirement. I think you should be more worried about that. Now you can actually pay2win in lowbie PvP if you can equip 2 crystals since there are expertise versions too.
Lowbie PvP is scaled to level 49. Level 49 crystals are +31. A difference of 10 is not going to matter at all with the bolster.