I have a suggestion and that would be to present Black items as highest tier. Red Items I feel, especially on speed x5 is to easy to make/get. Just look around, people in early lvl 100 already have them. In normal speed it's another thing and much harder to get the resourcers of course. But on speed x5 It's way to easy to get in touch with red items. Even just by doing the latest expedition boss in Britannia..
Another "small" suggestion would be to have an high tier auction with red items because the auction house feels useless in terms of WAR. There is no auction war and the Auction house basically feels useless right now except from bid on Mercs.
But mainly my suggestion would be to present Black items as the highest tier!
/ ^LOL on speed x5 s28 UK.