It’s pretty easy to change the language to something that doesn’t blame players for playing the game as it was offered:
We made these changes to prevent the full stats of powerful end-game weapons from being equipped by lower level heroes.
Or, if you want to put the accountability in the appropriate place:
We made these changes because we had previously failed to prevent lower level heroes from equipping weapons that had powerful, end-game stats.
As for this bit:
Does that mean that once you hit level 8 on a character, it’s gotten past all gear attribute capping?