So even without the stat grind , a player still have several months of gold grinding to do before he can actually start to enjoy the game pvp , and if you stay honest here , against ANY veterans they dont stand a chance gear wise still without enchants.
Do you start to understand the real concern here ? Because 85% of the people would have already quitted after the first month when they realised that they still had several months of grinding in front of them to do.
The perception of the game is another factor here , you need to at least make the new player think that he has a chance in any fight. because after 15 fight if the new player evaluates that every single time he had 1% chance to fight back and win , he will simply not have fun , the game needs to put back the odds in the favor of a new player so that he at least hope to win 20-30% of the time , even just by plain luck. That way they at least feel like they are learning something , not that they lost because they lacked the tools to fight back.