... a large number of people either didnít ever acquire the Recruit gear or simply didnít wear it while inside PvP. The result was a rather harsh introduction to PvP for fresh level 50 players into the established PvP end-game that resulted in a significant drop off in participation of PvP.
than for heavens sake change yur bolster system to sth. understandable and working e.g.
1. check if item is with or with out expertise
a) yes -> do nothing
b) no -> change item stats to be equal to a non "physically" existant recruit set with stats 5% below partisan regardless if it is a lvl 15 or 72 item.