I started playing last night and thought about maybe not getting the season pass. I was pretty disappointed to see all the pinnacle gear I grinded for becoming useless as I started getting blues at nearly the level of my pinnacle stuff.
But then I saw the season pass was 1000 silver and I had just that much left over from my previous bundle purchases so I got the pass. After the very first Sundial run I was able to get a gun at 959, which outclassed my best pinnacle stuff from last season by 4 points. Oh well... While I feel like Bungie has absolutely no respect for my time, I've got the pass now and I'll go with it.
I'm going to play differently this time though. Instead of going for Pinnacle gear, I'm just going to go for the season title via the triumphs and seal. And also work on all the bounties I can to level up the artifact - that will give me more power boost than the pinnacle stuff anyway. I was nowhere near close to getting the Undying title last season even though I played the game way more than I should have. Maybe I can play a little more efficiently this time. Though one of the weapon quests is for a sidearm and I hate using sidearms so we'll see... All the secret triumphs required for the title worry me too - if they are things like flawless heroic runs in various activities, that will be a bummer.