There are many good new and returning players to WOW who will be locked out of this for no reason. I haven't been back for long and don't even have my extra weapon socket bonus. Still I'm already in a normal TOT group after about a month of being back.
There is no way I'm going to get this in time. It's just aggravating. What happened to play the game you want. If you like raids and boss encounters forcing people to do a long and ridiculously gated quest is not the way to do it.
I don't mind working for my items, but being locked out of a boss for simply being a returning player is wrong and leaves a bad taste in my mouth.