Ah, New World. Can you get it right, just once? It seems the game has not had a good showing since the first closed beta, and it definitely shows in player numbers.
Have you been grinding your crafting for some time now in the hopes of making yourself an item that will give you the edge in PvP and PvE combat? It's a good idea, in any MMO besides New WOrld, that is.
In the December update, Expertise will govern the highest drops you can get per slot, much like HWM did. But starting in 2022 it will also govern the effectiveness of your gear. This means that, if your War Hammer Expertise is 520, and you equip a 550 Score War Hammer, the weapon's effective Gear Score will scale down to 520, as well.
This change will destroy any purpose of crafting as we know it, as you still need to grind out your weapon expertise just like the rest of the player-base, who are not grinding out their crafting.
To make matters worse, Amazon just announced a new crafting material that is being added into the game called Gypsum. Each activity rewards a different type of Gypsum that can be crafted into a Gypsum Orb. These Orbs can then be crafted into Gypsum Casts of any weapon, armor, or trinket type. Opening a Gypsum Cast will guarantee an expertise bump and gear of that type.
This is now all a moot point, as it won't matter how good o an item you've crafted if it is going to be scaled down to your Expertise anyway.