Take the following situation: You have a level 80 char, equipped with an exotic armor, exotic weapons, ascended trinkets, and a exotic back-piece. Everything has runes or sigils.
Should I now get an ascended armor and weapons? Or is there any other way to improve my character from now on by any other action? Is there a less costly (time- and gold-wise) method of improving my character further? Are there any other steps, which can be taken aside from getting more ascended gear to improve my char? By improve I mean stat-wise. Not improving my reputation or prestige, setting up a task for myself, etc.
Would for example leveling professions like chief and artificer, to get potions and food be more useful to boost my stats? Is this more time-intensive than a ascended gear (to gather resources, craft them), if I want to have a steady supply of those consumables?
But to get back to the point, is crafting ascended armor (and weapons) worth the effort to improve my char, since it is the only way of improving him further?
And please let me state, what I am not asking for:
- What ascended gear is
- The difference between any other gear and ascended gear
- How to get ascended gear