You really think anybody is going to grind to level 85 and not turn on auto granted AA's? Besides, even without the AA bonus of having less than 4k aa, it'll boil down to a handful of must have AA's that you'll want to work on after level 85. Plus if your grinding out specific lines, you'll have to do each line you REALLY want from scratch, which can be a considerable investment, like CS/CA and stuff like Armor of Wisdom and more hitpoints, hitpoint and mana/endurance regen. How many players will rather choose to grind out those lines first, then click the "auto granted AA" button after that? Seriously, does anybody expect players to NOT turn on autogranted AA;'s, just so they can what.. grind out a few specific lines a tad faster, since they didn't do any AA grinding until they hit level 100? Be real people. Perfect example is tanks. Now they will be able to tank better than mercs till level 85 at least, then not have to grind out AA's pre-85. That is, Armor of Wisdom will have way less levels remaining to grind out to level 100. Another reason to celebrate getting auto aa's is that the more casual players can focus on the lines they need the most post 85, and when the next expansion comes out, the next level of auto-granted AA;s will be released.. thereby filling up to level 90 all those AA;s you really didn't want to grind out anyway. Lastly... making alts won't be a massive undertaking anymore. Kinda hard to really want to play an alt when you have to grind out thousands of AA;s just to compete.