The balance needs fine tuning of course but that will come in time. If fractals interest you at all, they're easier to get into now than they've ever been. And the rewards are better too. And that legendary fractal backpack! Will the legendary light armor set require gossamer to build? I hope so... I have some GW2 Gold .... 16 or so thousand sitting in my guild bank I bought with the price so low. o_o I find the story a bit overboard in fact i stopped doing it. The grenade part was pain ,really trying to lob a grenade on someone on the run. Meanwhile he this Champ has a umbilical cord to keep him alive. Then the NPC's just stop helping you and wanna hit vines instead. End of story for me.
"near" no ideas, but definitively yes in the future.I really like the feeling of playing a unique profession, and having so many choices . Same, that what makes HoT so good in my opinion, more diversity. They've already said that the new mastery and elite specialization systems are intended to be the framework for how they'll be expanding character progression in the future. So while there is no ETA on new elite specializations or masteries, it's really just a matter of when and not if. smile emoticon
Of course, plans could change based on extensive feedback and other factors but that's my understanding of their current long term plans.