Just wanted to start this by saying, in a perfect world i would love removing gear swapping from hellgates. But in the current state of 2v2 just removing gear swaps will completely screw up 2v2's.
Right now, the only reason why quarterstaff with Blazing/Badon teams arent 100% winrate (even though they barely die anyways), is because people are able to swap to for example a mercenary hood so they don't get shat inside every hellgate.
Quarterstaff Blazing/Badon is just 1 example of many broken builds that can only be countered by swapping a gear slot.
Now you might say ''just run merc hood or something else defensive by default''. Yeah this is possible, but it would also completely remove the healer/dps min maxing community that likes to theory craft and actually improve their skill and micro game (little decisions and skill based changes that make 1 team win over the other).
Now look, 2v2's are already not supported by the game devs to be a competitive and high level environment (even though me and a lot of other people desperately want it to be because we enjoy it so much).
So if the devs vision for 2v2 really is to dumb down 2v2's making them even more brainless and making sure double dps and quarterstaff are the only viable things in 2v2's. Then go right ahead.
I care about 2v2's a lot, i've been streaming and playing 2s for about 1.5 years, so i really had to get this off my chest and share my perspective after i read that post. Do whatever is best for the game.