I mean cosmetics are the reward for the effort.
Seriously ranked locked gear just encourages dumb things like fotm in both comps and specs, boosting and still leaves worse players to be at a disadvantage they don’t need to be at (they’re already worse lol).
Edit to add that new/alt players will still be at a large disadvantage thanks to conduits and leggos. There just doesn’t need to be any gear stuff.
Yes the gap is smaller, still not a fan. Not sure if it’s good enough for me.
Quest gear scales 240
Conquest 259 with no rating locks.
Then just leave the ratings for the PvE side.