Yeah the traits that gives tons of defense and another that gives protection is nice it's going to be something that players will have to work for the rank as it require stuff other than ap to rank. Anything that adds content to the game that is not limited and locked behind a paywall is good.Woops, havent checked prices lately, muh bad.
And on the subject of "Shouldn't be so close to Langu/Bhafel", how long has L&B been in the game for? Other armors are going to reach their tier sooner or later, pretending that its unfair that a gacha item catches up to it years after its been out is being silly. This not only lets newer players obtain the armor, it paves the way for better armor sets and equips to be craftable later on. No one ever crafted a celtic crossbow only to go "I'm glad this will never be gacha'd or a better bow come out", because it's silly to think that they won't appear after awile. No one stays at the very best gear score forever, unless they're...actively playing and earning gold to buy the better stuff.
You also can't say the broad brush thing without at least offering a counterpoint. If the broad brush is true, then there's nothing wrong with painting with it. You can be wary of the precedent, but it's downright being foolish if you're gonna call this encroachment when the armor isn't even that amazing and L&B have been out for literal years. Unless you legitimately thought celtic royal was as good as we're ever getting in terms of gear, in which I got bad news for you...sooner or later we're gonna have to erg up a new, better set of gear. Just like how we switched from demonic to celtic in the first place, it's not encroachment if years later the bar's raised on gear score.
tldr; I feel bad for people with spirit weapons.