I'm not reading 10 more pages of replies but I believe it is this simple.
WE log into these forums on Tuesday and Thursday to see in what way the game has improved.
Sometimes we get something awesome, most times we get something minor, (which is fine, not all news drops can be the disc system or splitting race/class) and often we get something flavor related (art concepts, behind the scenes etc).
This time we got something that simply makes the game less fun. For the first time in a while I feel like enjoying the game the way I like is directly tied to $.
Just make the game subscription based. Give each account 3-5 class trains with the option to buy more. Keep universal skills trains at one still. Choice still matters, it's just your universal skills are account defining now.