I've been thinking more and more about this with all the issues with the ToT LFRs. I just do not have the time to be running all my alts through them to get reputation so I can buy valor gear to keep them slightly up to date should I ever need to use them in a raid.
I can valor cap two characters in the time it takes me to run the ToT LFRs on one character and that one character not even be close to capped. Doing the LFRs is not an effective way to play.
The concept that you need to raid to buy valor gear which is subpar to the real raid gear makes no sense.
On my raiding characters I get raid drops, which are better than the valor gear. So that is a fail on blizzards part. They should have at least had valor gear for every single slot, weapon included, so perhaps you can use the valor gear to fill that piece or two you are having issues with. It is almost like you are saying, you need to have better gear to be able to buy this lesser gear. Excuse me?
On my non raiding characters valor gear has always served the purpose of being there as a catch up mechanic because they are not raiding and thus do not have the better gear. So they get valor gear where ever they can to catch up should I need them.
But now, I need to raid to get the valor gear. Okay, they have the LFR but is that really a reasonable option. Even with 100% smooth runs it will take up at least 6 hours to do all four and most likely a hell of a lot more if you want to include wipes which you know will happen and wait time.
Is 6 hours really worth it? You have no choice if you want to gear up those non raiding alts. You not only need to valor to buy the valor items but you need the reputation and the only way to get it is in the raid.
What was the motto for this expansion? Choice. All about giving us choices.
Hey blizzard, where are my choices?
Right now the only choices are to do the raid and shut the fuck up or to not gear up. Sorry, those are not acceptable choices.
I want to be able to pop on my mage twice a week, do 15 minute heroics, build some valor slowly, and buy a new piece every few weeks. I do not want to be forced to spend 6 hours a week in the LFR to get reputation and valor so I can buy them.
This is extremely alt unfriendly. When will blizzard get the idea that valor gear is a catch up mechanic. Valor gear is NOT for raiders. Maybe to fill a spot here and there, but being it does not offer every slot it fails horrible at that role too. Valor gear is for alts. Valor gear is for non raiders. Valor gear is for casual players to build up slowly.
So why make valor gear require the LFR for those people? Why make it require a reputation that if you actually had that reputation from raiding the real raid, you wouldn't need any of that gear really? Why make it so those non raiders, those alts that do not want to raid and those casual players that do not have hours on end to spend in the LFR can't get the gear that is meant for them?
Did blizzard once again totally miss the concept of what valor gear is meant for?
Maybe it is just me and my assessment of what valor gear is, is wrong. When I talk about valor gear this is what I think of it as. A way to fill in spots you have had bad luck with in a raid, or a way for non raiders, time restrained player and new players to catch up so they can start to raid.
Maybe I am wrong with my definition of it. Because according to blizzard valor gear is only for raiders. I do have one question however. If valor gear is only for raiders, how about making it better so it is worth buying. If it is not better than raid drops, then it is not for raiders. Common sense there if you ask me.
Give the valor gear to the people it is meant for, the non raiders, and remove the need for a raid reputation to get it. That is what I think.