Yes but you only had to play 10 games a week win or lose and you would be awarded points based on your rating.
As opposed to having to play 20+wins a week, which lets be honest could take 50+ games for an ungeared alt.
On another note skill actually mattered a ton more than gear back in bc. Gear meant a lot more in wrath but nowhere near what it does now.
In the burning crusade I could go into a 2s match on my mage playing half naked and still win matches depending on what I was queing into. (pretty much anything aside from slsl druid/wd/hd)
Step into the arena on your ungeared alt now to get those wins and you quickly realize your 20kcrits do nothing on backpedaling 1300 players with 600k health.
It's mostly cause you could actually play smart and slowly get your opponents low while kiting and recovering etc. atm everyone in this game either has a selfheal or some sort of passive recovery like second wind and it's just so dumb imo. I liked it way better when i knew that if I put dots on a hunter and he had no healer, he was gonna die eventually cause of 0 self heals. Right now with shit like spirit bond (yes I know nobody uses it in 3s) and all the healing glyphs + healing from shots I can dot a hunter and 0 fucks will probably be given esp if undergeared