I've been on the bench roster for them for almost all of Firelands, and I've been in only a handful of times, but I know 6/7 of the fights. The single time I get lucky and down 6/7 of the bosses in a single run, NO gear drops for me.
It's REALLY discouraging seeing myself in the same 359 helm, and same 359 trinkets because I can't get dropped gear or rep (I'm Honored w/ Avengers, so only big trash and bosses)
My gear should be more than sufficient for at LEAST Shannox/Beth'tilac/Alysrazor/Rhyolith.
Our guild has a 2nd group that I'm a part of, but to be frank, it's HORRIBLE. Like, wipe twice on Shannox before the kill horrible. And yes, I'm almost always topping charts.
Addition to OP: Literally, ALL I'm asking for is a chance to raid more than once every 2+ weeks because I'll be invited, then replaced because the person I'm filling in for just logged on.