2. I disagree. If you start the entire discussion under the premise that choosing to pay to play a game, means that nothing....and I mean nothing related to it worth anything if the journey to achieve it isn't worth the end result.
3. I pay to play the game. It's not as if I am approaching this from an end raiding perspective. I'm not. I don't want those rewards. It's not even focused on gear for that matter. It's about having fun....period.
I don't follow how your response to my second point is on topic. IF I said "better gear is not required to progress your character" then I'd agree with you. But my point is the gear available off rep vendors is not requires. The mounts are not required. The achievements from hitting exalted with the factions are not required. The ability to do eleventy billion daily quests each day is not mandatory.
Nobody is here complaining that they have to form a team and do pet battles. You're the first I've noticed bemoaning the farming mini-game. The problem here is that people want valor gear (and the acknowledged subset that just want to be able to spend VP on SOMETHING). It. is. all. optional. And what's even more awesome is if you want to improve your gear, you have multiple ways to do it, so it's not even like the only way you can improve gear is by doing dailies.
Frankly, the daily grind method is the slowest, most inefficient way to improve your gear. So if that's what you want to do, and you want to do it fast, why on Azeroth are you doing dailies in the first place??
Regarding your response to my 3rd comment... then what are you complaining about?? Skip the dailies and move on to do stuff you enjoy. I'm not getting where your point of contention is anymore.
The real solution for valor gear is that valor gear should be gated in only one way, valor points, and not being double gated.
Double gating things is a bad design. Rep gear should be purchasable with only rep needed.
Valor gear should require only valor points.
That's only the real solution if your goal is to make sure valor gear is mandatory. That's exactly NOT what Blizzard wants.
Ok, lets say Valor gear isn't required for progression and is completely optional - so we will leave VP rewards out of it and focus on the other rewards, such as professions and patterns. When you are an enchanter, and the only profession required
to have revered with 3
separate factions to get all of the BiS patterns (Lotus Revered required to unlock Shado-Pan and August, who have the bracer and weapon enchant patterns), are you still not required to do dailies? That's 2 reputations you have to grind from neutral to revered, and one from friendly to revered.
Blacksmiths get the belt buckle and other patterns by being Honored with 1 faction, the Klaxxi, which takes about 7 days.
JC's get gems by doing research.
Scribes get their patterns from the trainer/research.
I'm guessing engineers get their patterns from the trainer as well, I have no clue.
Tailors, honored with 1 faction, The Golden Lotus (again, about 7 days).
Alchemists gain recipes by leveling their profession, and the trinket is a random world drop quest item.
LW's, honored with 1 faction, The Golden Lotus (again, about 7 days).
So what do you have to say to your guild enchanter? "Nah don't worry about dailies, we can down the next 5 tiers of content without the BiS bracer and weapon enchants or just pay exorbitant amounts on the auction house for them. Sure it will be harder or cost more gold from the guild bank, but we can manage since you don't want to take the time out of your day to do dailies."