Bliz got rid of head enchants so you wouldn't feel the need to go through specific factions.....they then gate everything behind gaining rep with specific factions. They then make vp wortheless without having rep with specific factions.
I honestly had no idea that vp gear would be gated behind rep. Saving my vp while i geared up through heroics, then went to spend some vp like I always do when I'm mostly geared in heroics...woops no dice, since i don't have any rep.
It's w/e really. It's obvious that it's all about money for them. The longer it takes you to get the things you want, then the longer you're paying, the longer you're spending clearing content.
In cata, when i hit 85 with my warrior, there were a handful of pieces available through rep that were good upgrades. I was happy to do my dailies for these pieces, while also running heroics for the rep. How fast you got the gear depended on how many instances you were willing to run, and whether or not you did your dailies.
The new system of dailies being the only method to get rep is retarded. It's obvious that bliz doesn't care if you're enjoying yourself, so long as you're paying to play.
The rep grinds need to be organic to your day to day experience, not the soul reason you log on.
Tabards should be available, and should reward you with a slow rep gain, while dailies should be used to speed up the process. That's the only fun way to go about it. If i'm already getting rep, and i want to speed it up, do some dailies.