Compound Ring effects?

Do Compound Rings retain the +20 abilities of the rings used to craft it? Or does it expect you to level it again from scratch?

If we are expected to level it again for the full effect: Where are we supposed to find Pure Photons when the VR Urgent is unavailable? Rings seem like something pretty core to the foundation of class builds, I'd be surprised if it is locked behind something that inaccessible for months and untradeable.

They have the +20 effects from the get go, and leveling them is just for the extra stats.

Awesome, thanks!