I think it's important to clarify, as well as Devs did, few things in this game.
This game is a strategic game (to anyone who doubt it), it's not a perfect game (as I assume 100% of games or things in life) and the goal of this game is to being the best in every part of it.
Some of us pay, some of us don't. That's life, some have a better start than other, some have other priorities, etc...
But this game is also about collecting and to collect something doesn't simply mean to obtain it as a trophy, it also means to work on it, to make it better and even more. And as this game is supposed to be a Fan game for most of us, I would also say that the goal is having fun.
So here's my point :
Yes, gear and blue prints grind exist and this game is about farming. A lot of us complain about it, but things are done in the long run by Devs. How fun would it be without restrictions on obtaining all chars, gears and credits ?
Yes, Territory battle are exclusively Light Side at the moment. It's a shame for the Dark Side player I am but I will survive this and so do you. Here's my roster : .
It takes time or money to achieve 100% completion, it takes time to farm gear and chars but ALL THOSE THINGS ARE BINDS by one : PATIENCE. This game is about patience. Not for everyone of course because they can pay and reduce the time.
I honestly have paid around 300/500 euros in this game, for some of it I'm not proud of course, but for most of it I can truly say that I was paying because I wanted to. Not only to farm gear or shards, but also to send a positive message to developers who brought things I liked and still like in this game.
Now, you can say I'm wrong and I might be, as well as many of us who shares useless content, ideas, etc... but we are all part of a community and like everything else, this is a sort of family. Ideas are different, ways of doing and thinking are too but at the end we all rely on each other and need a push at some point to stay in the right way. This is mine.
So please, use some patience and be thankful to play this game because it also means you can while other who might like it can't.