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Let's be very clear here: you do NOT have to grind. Wait, what did I say? I am not saying that you don't have to grind for an item to acquire it... I'm saying nobody is forcing you to play this game. To spend time grinding. Just because you want something doesn't mean you should get it... if you are so against the gear treadmill, then don't do it and forgo the armors.
Now, to answer your question... perhaps they are including these "ascended" armors because of the pros of the gear treadmill. Simply put, it'll have people (perhaps like you) putting in more time to get them. While GW2 people love to say how GW's lack of gear treadmill means your energy and time spent is purely aesthetic, others argue that you should have something more than just a skin to show for it.
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BTW I remember how much hate AOC got for having gear stats not scale enough. But GW2 gets praised for it haha. The game pretty much appeals to people who don't want to put much effort into the game but keep up. Not saying that's a bad thing though.... the bad part of the game is the simplistic combat system.