Yes DAoC is that beloved. Yes many still consider DAoC to be the best PvP MMO. No, GW2 doesn't have a 'hold' on 3 realm RvR. Its a half assed, poorly executed, no metagame ripoff of DAoC. They overpromised and under delivered on that. And they focus too much on PvE and making it a gear grindfest to dedicate the proper time to a PvP end game.
EA sweet talks a lot of people with money. He learned his lesson there. Games Workshop is probably in the top 3 biggest POS companies in gaming and their deadline and lack of any understanding of MMO's forced Mythic to release WAR over a year before they wanted to.