Sadly there was more to it than that. Long before players started complaining about the HIGH CR ruining their fun... Players were coming here to moan and comp-lain because as they put it... Players could just run lower, easier content and use the marks they got to buy armor off higher tier vendors. Of course the thing these cry babies failed to mention was back then all armor was not the same price. The Vendor in the wastelands was charging 625 marks for pieces of gear. Now if you were running stuff like the duos in the Wasteland and the Trigon Prison alert you could get 125 marks just by defeating the boss so just by completing the three duos you had 375 marks.... Lower tier mission paid out a whole lot less and YES it was possible to grab enough marks to buy that gear but it would take weeks to accomplish or you'd need to spend a ton of replay badges. That was not enough though so the complaints continued until we wound up with the current relevancy set up.. Now here is something that always has struck me as dang near "false advertising" SUPPOSEDLY when I shell out my real money and sub I gain access to the entire game and it is true I can que up and run low level duos, alert and raid or run solo challenge but my rewards? Low CR armor that doe not improve my combat rating at all and is only good for salvage.... And keep in mind a piece of armor at CR 32 hand out an exobyte much lower than the ones I get salvaging gear that is CR 240. As you augment get higher that low tier stuff you salvage barely makes that status bar move. You don't get marks.. You get an Alternate Reward Box that rarely may have a mark inside but usually you get a Token of Prestige (useless to anyone not in a league), A Token of Merit (now those are good as you work on the feat associated with them but reach the highest level feat and then they become useless well) After that you have a few style pieces you can grab or something like a Repair kit or Free Vault Ticket that you can buy at the market. In short NOTHING that really helps a player build their combat rating and only the Tokens of Merit help you earn more feats to improve your stats. The best part is then go to that period where lower tier players were crying about high CR in THEIR missions. So the devs stopped handing out any award and all those players stopped. Almost the same day those same lower tier players were back here complaining because it took way too long to find enough players to form a team. THAT is where the Alternate Reward Box came from and pitiful method to TRY and get the higher CR back in those lower missions. Best part? I have run countless missions where I que up and walk into a mission and my team mate is around the same CR as I am. I figure its no problem WE CAN DO THIS! except the other guy is looking for someone to carry him and when I show up and am not 150 combat ratings higher POOF they disappear. Funny part is when they run out and try to que up again and wind up right back in the same mission with me.. than leave again. So these days especially there are as many, if not more, low level players praying that High CR show up to carry their worthless butts.