Ok, so people don't understand what being competitive in raiding means, whether that is server competition, country competition, or racing for World Firsts.
You need to do the dailies to gain rep for different pieces of valor gear, various enchants, and various patterns. In other words, while is isn't technically "required", you need to do it to be competitive. If our raid goes in with only heroic gear, and nothing we could have bought if we did dailies, not only would we be at a disadvantage as far as gear goes, but we'd be harming ourselves through not having Charms to help gear quicker.
Yes, if you aren't a raider, go ahead do whatever. As a raider, you need to do them to stay competitive.
Compare it to losing weight in order to wrestle at a lower weight level in wrestling, or speaking quicker in debate, or studying for a test. Sure you don't "Have" to do any of those, but you disadvantage yourself by NOT doing so.
Blizzard was plain WRONG about this in 4.3. Sure, we could have turned off the 5% buff, but no one else on the server would have, so we would have been weaker, and they stronger. There was no different achievement, no way to tell if you had done it no-debuff. Simply put, from a competitive standpoint, it would have been asinine to do so.
Oh and the person a few above me is just wrong lol.
AC gear and bracer enchants. SP gear and weapon enchants. Both require a number of days of dailies BEFORE they are even unlocked for another set of dailies.
Not required? Sure, if you aren't competitive. But than again, why do you need gear anyways other than to look good?
Edited by Darkfriend on 10/11/2012 10:47 AM PDT