That would only be true if it wasn’t for some high ascension guilds like Intrim 1, 2, 3, (have they reached/created 4 or 5?)
This is a guild from a time you wasn’t in the game/forums, but to sum it up they managed to reach the top in a pretty impressive manner and things weren’t exactly easy in the past.
As @Zeddicus2017 said there is a lot of work involved in maintaining the status quo of some guilds, it’s not something to be taken as granted at all.
It takes years to reach a significant position even if you work hard yes, but every now and then the devs make things that are very meaningful for new or mid-players. We didn’t had calendar rewards for years, and while you could argue that veterans and endgamers are earning the same rewards of such things we didn’t had these in the past.
Progression in general was much slower for lack of resources, speed of battles, lack of strong mechanics regarding mana generation… When i started playing the only converters we had were Valkyrie, Alchemist and Giant Spider and at speedx 1. From back then if i was playing for three hours i would barely make as much progress as i do in half an hour today.
Yes, there are still things needing to be revised, and it’s hard to address such things because the new player experience from today is very different from the new player experience we had. Even if i create a new account right now i would start with years of experince at managing my resources in a better way down to the very single coin of gold.
Yes, there is a timely/legacy advantage, but for some things it doesn’t matter in a general sense. I’ve been playing the game for more than two years, someone won’t be able to achieve the exact same things in a shorter time, (i think…) but he/she can get really damn close and maybe even surpass me after some months. But it won’t be easy and quick because it never was.