because if the path to feed armor tiers one into another existed, then they would be able to get a boost and gradually build it up without having to effectively stay at 0 till they reach max tier.
currently its like having to jump straight to the final tier of dragons. but under a system like this it would be more a kin to flowing up through the tiers.
while under the current system it is true it would amount to a shard stockpile, that may not remain the case with how pg likes to spike resource costs, and it also only holds true for either spenders or people who focus their atlas prizes on specific elements.
But the argument that new footing helps new players is completely fallacious, new players would be better of with scaling power, not all or nothing power. Especially players who don’t even have access to atlas and can only afford the weak armors.