The climb to legend has become simpler for those who are/were at a high rank on ladder. For those who are not at that high rank the climb is still the same.
for those who are using F2P vs P2W argument - that is only a small fraction of the climb being easier. After all $$$ doesn't translate into skill. Give a 6-year-old kid every card in the game and they won't be able to beat a veteran player with the same pool of cards.
Then there is the time investment into the game to factor in. Also what are you playing in the meta, what decks are you running into on ladder?
There are a lot of variables in place, for some the climb will be easy, for others the climb is still Everest.