There are no gems in LT, that has been confirmed by devs (and observation).
Gems have doubled in importance and reduced by 60-75% in availability. [Depends on your guild.]
What could be the–clearly unintended–side-effect of reducing gem supply and increasing gem demand in a microtransaction-funded game? Could it possibly be that people will feel they need to buy gems using real world money?
This was no accident or oversight.
The developers in GoW are responsive (if slow, but that’s okay, they are still better than most games) but this is not the sort of thing they will reverse, it’s obviously a business decision, not a coding one.
Sure, they can walk it back a little…add gems to the LT’s which are only available to top tier players anyway. But overall they will still end up with gems being 2x as important and 1/2 as available.