Really? You think so? This one finds that fascinating
You stated the following
„You ALWAYS felt more powerful when you logged off then when you logged on.“
This is simply not the case, It is not the case for end game, mid game, or early game, and I don’t even need to bring up factual proof for this since you stated „ALWAYS“ which means 100% of the time, and we both know that it is not true for that to be the case 100% of the time. It is dangerous to try claim something happens 100% of the time with out risking undermining your own argument.
Also you stated the phrase „felt more powerful“ This is subjective and therefore can be hard to quantify as a rebuttal/objection. as what this means from player to player can vary by quite a bit, from someone feeling like they can take on the world, to someone actually feeling weaker despite having new gear.
You claim something happens 100% of the time, AND that thing you claim happens 100% of the time is also very subjective, that alone negates your claim in my book.
Now on to something more factual.
Even at low level, there are also spikes in the content that you do, For example the moment you have to learn how to fight 3 mobs at an time, up from 1 or 2, that can be quite a challenge at 1st, or at least speaking from a Melee standpoint it is. So despite you getting this new gear, you can feel overpowered by the mobs and therefore have the feeling of being weaker then you were, There are also quite a few quests that near the end haves a mini-boss mob that can leave you having the same feeling. And if someone happen to log off before overcoming one of those situations, then that player logged out of the game feeling weaker then they were before they logged in.
There are other examples but I think this is enough to make my point.