I could not disagree more. The grind to 152 was long yes, but overall obtainable to many players that just put in the time to play. Plus, I think it would be an insult to 152 players, to make it any easier than it allready is with the current amount of doubles exp and legendary boosts given out.
You are absolutely right! Halo 5: Guardians
is going to be 5 years old in October. There are plenty of people who have been playing since the game launched in 2015. A number of those players have actually reached the rank of 152 by playing nothing by Arena which doesn't reward nearly as much XP as Warzone. 343 Industries gave incentive to reach max rank but they're not going to be make it easy. Honestly, there's no sympathy for those who haven't been playing and are now complaining because the grind to 152 is too long. We have all had the last 5 years to chip away at the obtaining 152. If you really want to hit 152 and earn whatever this "token of appreciation" is, in Halo Infinite,
you better start grinding.
Heroic Warzone Firefight is the easiest and fastest way to earn XP right now. With double XP and using a Legendary XP Boost, you'll earn between 19,000 - 21,000 XP per game. Yes, you can play Legendary or Mythic Warzone for a few thousand more XP, assuming you'll win, but it's harder and you'll likely burn through more REQ's which you'll need to conserve if you're gonna put to 152. Oh by the way, the average game of Heroic Firefight is roughly 15 minutes especially when you learn tricks to defeat bosses. An example being the Temple map, round 3, Pheaton Pilots, you can beat the round in 10 seconds if you have two players positioned to assassinate the pilots the moment they spawn. Legendary and Mythic Warzone will be harder, especially if you're not running with a Fireteam, and average close to 25 minutes.
One last thing, just to put things into perspective. Halo Reach
max rank of Inheritor required 20,000,000 credits (XP). Halo 5
max rank of 152 requires 50,000,000 XP. Oh by the way, the half way point to 152 is once you hit 150. No joke. If you're serious about grinding to 152, start playing and take advantage of the double XP as long as you can.
By the way, HI REGICE!!!