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In competitive PvP there isn't any skill/gear progression. You can combine to get your preferred combinations, but we all have usage of everything from the get-go. The emphasis is PURELY on player skill here, no amount of differences in time played will effect it. This is how it ought to be inside a competitive mode.
That said, addititionally there is the WvWvW PvP that is not competitive and possesses gear/stat progression. You can find boosted around 80 from level 1, but a level 1 won't have quite the identical stats like a legitimate level 80. Regardless, it is possible to still remain competitive against others, just there is some progression here.