To me this showcases the worst side of live service games, their ability to take things away. I don't mean to be disrespectful but this was rolled out in a horrible manner with no notice and no attempt to get feedback first, ending with the statement that you're already refusing to entertain reversing your decision. You gave a reward to all current rank 50s but made the cutoff for that rewards the same day you announced it, this honestly feels like a punishment to anyone who simply had not grinded Arena yet for whatever reason.
Not a reward, a gift to those who played Arena or sunk enough doubloons into it to gain L50.
Perhaps they could have added other requirements, e.g. killed a certain number of players (but that would exclude the helmsmen), or turned in a certain number of chests (excluding pure TDM'ers) in a way to get the gift to more people (so only 1 requirement should be met).
At the very least you should make some way for people to still be able to obtain the Sea Dogs Cosmetics, Titles, Achievements, Commendations etc. The OG sets and skins, not something new. […]
You can. Only thing you'll be missing out are the gifts of the ship sets. You can still gain levels and/or achievements to get cosmetics that have been around to get for years... until March 10th.