To think that everyone will have the same gear and stats is just saddening. 2800+ rated people will now be having the same stats as someone who can't even get 1000 rating. Is there enough incentive for veteran arena players to shoot for the higher brackets of arena now? If you ask me, i reply clearly no.
I agree that when you first step into arena you should be at equal gear, but you should also be in a select brackets with the appropriate skill levels. This way, players who are excelling at arenas and who are earning higher ratings in their particular brackets should be able to advance to higher brackets and have access to higher tiers of gear specifically for that bracket. So maybe the problem here is that there needs to be well defined brackets based off average gear score or something, because the rewards are no longer enough to entice seasoned arena players.
This change is definitely pleasing to the masses but it no longer gives incentive enough for players to excel at the higher levels of competitive gaming. PvP has been losing flavor since day 1, however i hate to see it finally die out.