For a flat-progression MMO that wasn’t originally designed to be heavily focused on gear, Guild Wars 2 has certainly trended that way in recent years, to the point that it’s become confusing. ArenaNet is apparently aiming to fix that in its next balance update.
This still seems like it’d be confusing to newer players, but veteran players on Reddit are loving it, particularly the fact that ArenaNet will be resetting a lot of attribute-selectable gear so that players can choose their pieces’ stats accordingly. (What isn’t included? Crafted backpacks, elite spec collection rewards, and raid and fractal stuff.) Additionally, the studio is tweaking some of the combos, removing useless combos and adjusting others to be more in line with what players actually want.