It is bad enough that the even level Mk items disappeared from virtually all vendors that had stocked them.
No you can not even craft them any more! I just checked - Crafters can only create Mk1/3/5/7/9
Cryptic! If you take the ability to build good equipment away from crafters and only give them access to second rate crap, nobody will craft any more. I have no diea what you plan here - require dilithium (ie real cash) for all even leveled stuff, most likely - but that is beyond ridiculous.
i have 4 fed characters and 3 klingon ones. i have 1 crafter on each side, and for every alt i've had, i've used the crafter to give them gear so that i could get through the levels with the best available gear.
i still put in the anomaly work, so i don't get what the point of this is. cryptic usually doesn't let me down, so i'm hoping they reveal some wonderful solution soon.