But this is only to acquire the rare (blue) version of gear, not the artifact (purple) version. The costs for a piece of artifact gear will be at least 1.5 million credits (at least at the time of this writing, prices may fall due to supply and demand). For some 1.5 million credits is quite a bit of money for one piece of gear only. All total to get a full set of gear which includes all armor and weapon slots and accessories, a player will be looking to spend at a minimum of 21 million credits and that’s on the low end. Frankly, I won’t be buying any artifact gear, I’ll be taking the long route and slowly gather the materials myself in order to make my own gear. It may take a while but I’ll get there eventually.
Overall though, I am not to fond of this change. I believe in crafting barriers but through the means of the crafting system, meaning make leveling crafting harder or a chore that those who are dedicated will be rewarded. But gating materials? No my thing really, but at least the materials are trade-able.