A few slots will be available to non-raiders at 496? Why bother? We have better gear than that now. I didn't like this expansion to start wih and from what is being said I will like it even less. Lots of friens have left the game because wow doesn't do enough for the non-raiders. I agree. Make some content that's fun, challenging, interesting and gives gear to non-raiders!!! Wise up Bliz. You're gonna lose people if you keep this up.
lfr gives you rep towards new faction as well, which in turn allows you to purchase more gear bysimply running lfr. Non raiders always expect gear to be handed to them but this mmo is based on raiding and you won't find any mmo where top end gear is handed to you. If you do your lfr grinds you will easily meet the requirements to purchase more gear. The worst thing by far is going back to where heroic instances gave you gear better than previous tier's normal gear.
If you look at the vendors there is easily 5k+ worth of vp gear available at 522 ilvl for reaching friendly reputation, most of the gear is available at honored which is hardly even a grind.
I don't expect jacksquat handed to me. I do not log on and expect shiny gears and unicorns in my mailbox just for paying to play. THAT is handing something to someone.
While the content I choose to do isn't as difficult as what you choose to do, it is a very lengthy grind and time spent. I really dislike attitudes like yours. I raided classic through wotlk, and part of the reason I stopped was because of the elitist snot attitudes that developed over freaking pixels.
I do not NEED to have gear that resembles raid gear or even the same ilvl, I realize this and I get it, and I agree with it, but gear is not only a tool, it is an incentive and a goal to shoot for, and if casual people are willing to do the long !@#$ grind that so many of you raiders whine about doing, they should get rewarded for it and they should get gear upgrades for it.
If people like doing dailys, questing and storylines like Operation: Stormshield and are willing to do that for their end game, why are they scrubs or wanting something handed to them?
Raiders wil always have the best shinies anyway, what is the big deal?
I wish people would just play this game, do what they do, and quit judging others for the content they choose to do. Blizz sets the playing field and the rewards, the players choose which content to pursue to get the rewards they want.
End of story.