Note: most F2P'ers cant use purple gear and by extension Tionese.
But I agree that devs have been consistently and intentionally undermining crafting for a long time now. I want it to stop.
note: recruit gear is utter garbage for pve. Actually in pvp as well.
I don't see how when it has better stats than Tionese gear in most cases. But since I've been playing, I've usually had BM or WH gear for PvE until I was geared well enough for most HM's and Ops groups. Even then, some of the pvp gear has Waaaaaayyyy better stats than some end game pve gear.