Well this is an interesting piece of news. Habib Loew over on the official forums has confirmed that the new WvW ranks and abilities will be character bound. By my calculations, that now leaves: dyes, fractal difficulty, ascended items and the commander title as time consuming, character bound progression.
As you might expect, huge proportions of the games players were wishing that this new addition was account bound and coming back to my last article on whether ascended items are crippling diversity, surely this is another nail in the coffin for having alternative characters? What do you all think?