That shouldn't be too hard to see though. I agree with you in that a new expansion should not outdate the previous expansion's one. Though i also think the "gap" - and insofar ANY thread about gear and "distance in gear" (between expansions and in general) IS about a gap, in one aspect or another - is too big. The increases in raid-gear should be less, the increases in group gear should be kept up for a little while so that the distance between raiders and groupers is less. Why? Because this is the only viable way i see to make the groupcontent "challenging" for groupers and raiders alike (or at least: less trivial for the raiders while still doable for the groupers). The "pro" to outdating the prevous expansions' gear is that they "force" people into the same zones, as was said above. However, that is also the biggest "con" to it, but not the only one. Equally bad is that this approach, as they took with EoK, makes raiding the past expansions a moot thing. Even gearing apps with current expansion's group gear vs. last expansions' raid gear is a two-edged sword. During last year's summer, we had open raids to the end-zone in CotF and Arx. One for certain items/raid currency only, one for fun and actual upgrades for groupers - so incentives to join were there. This year, we didn't have those open raids for a handful of reasons - one of them having been that TBM gear isn't exactly "worth it" compared to the rotting EoK group gear that's constantly being called in general. And the more "casual" guilds have no choice but to raid the current expansion or give up raiding alltogether basically, due to the same issue that their members will be even less inclined to show up for raids that is on par or (speaking about foci mostly) slightly better than the group gear they already have. So from outdating the last expansion's by the current one, the community as a whole suffers in more than one way.