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I am sorry but for as little as you actually gain out of the system, having to wait 5 days 16 hours for rank 4 of Fire and Flame is not casual friendly... it's not even hardcore friendly. It's just not friendly at all, period. That's rank 4 of a skill... and only one character can study at a time. Seriously, are you going to casually log in every couple weeks just to queue up?
So, no, there is zero chance of the casual player having an upper hand over the hardcore player in this game. EVER! The system is completely counter intuitive to it's intention as it will benefit the hardcore player more than the casual player.