I'm afraid the grind has greatly increased. Even on only a few characters at cap you can spend an entire day grinding (very boring) daily quests. If you add the grind for deeds and gear to that, you're looking at not enough time in the day.
[I]In the sea without lees standeth the Bird of Hermes.
[/I][I]When all his feathers be from him gone, He standeth still here as a stone.
Here is now both white and red, And all so the stone to quicken the dead[/I][I].
The Bird of Hermes is my name, Eating my wings to make me tame.[/I]