No you wasn’t a twink, HoTNW isn’t BiS for rogue you could have got Thrash Blade from a Mara quest which is much much better and other twinks would have a lot more health with 100 HP enchants on helm and legs, 9 sta bracers and +4 stats on chest (330 HP more health from enchants alone) plus probably more health and offensive stats from having BiS dungeon gear/rep items/quest items. Items like Rune of the guard captain (1% hit, 20 AP) and Blackstone Ring (6 sta, 1% hit, 20 AP) are big items in the 49 bracket. If you are running without speed enchant on boots your also at a big disadvantage as melee and you don’t need to put speed enchant on AB boots since it’s already part of AB boots effect ( Equip: [Run speed increased slightly]) so it’s better to put +7 agility on boots or +7 stam on them, thats what makes them so good.
Saying that however I feel the difference in power between a twink and non twink in that bracket is at it’s smallest compared to other brackets.
I started twinking in the 49 bracket and also realised how fun it is! I’ve played in the 39, 49 and 59 brackets now and still my fondest memories are from the 49 bracket. I feel a lot of players don’t explore this bracket including twinks from other brackets but they should, it’s the best bracket to play in!