2 of my 3 chars are Full War Hero so not biased
Yes, I've felt that crispy fury a few times.
Noted that GA mentions narrowing gear gap not just with Recruit Mk II, but with a level 50 bolster. How would that work? Couldn't simply scale stats by level when all are already 50. And wouldn't that rather undercut getting better gear, min/maxing, improving your character MMO-style generally? Hmm.
Also, he mentions "tournaments" (what kind?) in the same sentence as ranked warzones. So something they were/are considering.
Given this was back in September, I'd regard any potential timings with scepticism. Deadlines move over three months.
Also, +1 for can't wait for Ancient Hypergates.