Focus needs to be less on gear and more on casting the right spells at the right time. And I know it's harder, but it lasts a lot longer than gear....
I agree with that.
But it doesn't change that the gear itself improves the damage done when you are casting the spells at the right time. That's why so many raiders are feeling driven to get VP gear and hating that the dailies are gating it. They've been blocked access to gear that makes a considerable difference to their performance, especially if drop RNG off the raid bosses has been bad for them.
I've been incredibly lucky so far in my raid group. It seems like very week we see the Jade Spirit Leggings drop off Stone Guard but I'm the only one that "technically" should be using them. They were a net upgrade for our lock over the JP gear he had and so he took them to reforge the spirit one times they dropped.
But still, those always dropping means others who need gear off that boss are missing out on the things they need. To make up for their lack of luck when something needed wouldn't drop, they used to get VP gear. Now they can't because its blocked behind dailies.
When they can only play for 11-12 hours a week and 8 of those hours are already reserved for raid, that doesn't leave a huge amount of time to get dailies done. They also can't Valor Cap because VP gains have been reduced so much compared to Cata. So they're stuck relying on what drops in raid. They have no catch up mechanism. And that hinders the group as a whole. Our lock would be far better off if he could buy the VP legs rather than use the Jade Spirit Leggings but he doesn't have the excess time to do dailies so he'll miss out. And that frustrates him more than even the rest of us because he feels like he's holding us back because his performance isn't as good as it would be with the gear.
This is where the system gets messy. It's fine if you only play the game as a solo player without making any commitments to a group. Your progress only affects you.
When you play to raid with a group, your progress affects everyone in the group.
We're not kicking anyone from our group because they don't have time to grind dailies but it is frustrating all of us.
There are some good players out there who won't be that lucky. They won't get the chance to raid at all because they can't get to the gear without doing dailies and most groups won't invite you without the gear.