Here's another idea/addendum to the issue: just put all the tier pieces on the VP for outrageous VP prices. 5k points for gloves? People will pay that. I would, it's my only option. Not unless you can find me a competent guild on my realm that can do 10man content and isn't overfull on my class. I don't do LFR, it's too graphically-intense and in most cases, the LFR loot is actually a downgrade to what I'm wearing, including the LFR tier set. 384's? I'm wearing higher/superior gear. Nowhere in my original post was I demanding gear drop at my feet at my request; I just wish I didn't have to reduce myself to being a tool or a kiss-!@# to get such prestigious items regardless of my capabilities/skill.
Figured I'd have more sympathy from the WoW community, but wow, you kids are insane. Oh well, I'm making all these posts lately for Blizzard, not for you the players that apparently don't even agree with me on any of my posts I've made. My wishes for the game include balance, equal opportunity and fairness across the boards/venues. If I wanted to be part of a world where the rich always get richer, not everyone has equal opportunities to succeed and resources constantly get mis-used or wasted, then I'd just continue being a human being on the planet Earth. I escape that reality here in WoW in hopes of something better that doesn't mirror real life.
Heroic Mode gear - If you're not raiding, you don't need that gear
Rep Rewards - There are no rep rewards for Dragon Soul. There are rep rewards for Firelands, which can be farmed via rep runs where you just kill trash.. which were very popular when Firelands was introduced.
Craftable Patterns - These are available to non raiders, you just need to buy them
Epic Gems - Again, available to non raiders.. but why would you need these if you don't raid?
Legendaries - DPS Casters and Rogues get these.. again, why do you need this if you don't raid?
Prestigious Titles/Achievements/Mounts - You get titles/achievements/mounts for completing heroic 5 man achievements as well
Long story short... you can get tier items from LFR. They're not as great as their normal/heroic counterparts, but if you don't raid then you don't really need those. You don't need a 390+ ilvl to down 5 man dungeons.
I can refute EVERY 1 of your supposed reasons to those.
Heroic Mode Gear - Maybe I don't need it, but technically, NONE of us needs ANY of the items in here; we simply want them to increase our stats/performance/#'s.
Rep Rewards - Sure DS has no reputation, so I am regarding AoH, which the 391 rings were still good/useful till you can get the 397's in DS. And you can only reach Honored killing the trash in Firelands, bosskills give you the rest through Revered, which is kinda dumb, just like it was dumb back in MC/AQ40 for that rep too. No guild steps into Firelands on my realm anymore; need to find a way to keep older tiers still relevant or desired to do even for fun.
Craftable Patterns - Yes they can be bought, but do these patterns ONLY have to drop in raids? Really?
Epic Gems - Maybe I don't need those either, just like raiders and the whole of the community don't need heroic mode gear either. We don't, technically, need any of this stuff. We simply want it to maximize our stats/performance/#'s.
Legendaries - See my refute for Heroic Mode Gear & Epic Gems. Same rationale applies. Maybe I want to earn the Legendary but I didn't kiss $%^ to get into a top notch guild and/or be a GM/officer in an already established guild; something I had no luck or control over in my entire WoW career when I look back at the guilds I've been a member of (it's all luck of the draw which guilds are gonna fold and which don't; you can never see the future).
LFR tier is a downgrade for me; in fact in my current gear set I've out-performed people in LFR tier. Ilvl is just a # that doesn't actually serve its true purpose anyways (to set a standard for qualifying for doing certain levels of content; moot point since skill/bossfight knowledge are more important to have in all actuality).
I know I said it alot in my post here, but yeah, NONE of us NEED ANYthing in the game. We simply want it or want the opportunity to get it in order to simply increase our #'s. Right?