I don't get this mindset of people who think that only paying your subscription entitles you to every single aspect of the game. The game is really vast, there are tons of things to do and after each patch and expansion the pile of stuff to do just keeps growing.What I'm trying to say is that if you don't have the time and effort required to do some aspects of the game, say "medium level" raiding or 2000+ rating arena, well, then you simply don't. Just paying your subscription doesn't automatically mean that you will be handled everything like you wish.To me it's natural that more challening aspects of the game require more than just paying your subscription and it should remain that way. Not everything needs to be so easily accessible to everyone, it makes the challenge lose its value. If it requires more, the rewards also feel better.And anyway in the future out-gearing and general better encounter knowledge of the playerbase makes at least raiding more accessible to those who otherwise cannot devote time and / or effort for various reasons so it evens out as time goes on.Edited, just read iconicfurys post two post up and I agree =).
I saw adding more 'tiers' of raid settings in between normal and heroic, along with more gear... don't like this idea. Stat values, and just items in general, were feeling pretty bloated and basically overdone I guess towards the end of wotlk, and that was just due to heaps of raid content / accessibility. Cataclysm has gotten rid of this or at least trimmed it way down in some respects, and adding multiple tiers of difficulty and thus multiples tiers of gear to the same raid content would just cause things to overlap in pointless ways.Raiders don't raid to have shiny gear, but it'd be pretty pointless for us to be running Firelands on Heroic Mode, consisting of moderately harder fights with a steeper learning curve, but dropping loot about equal to stuff from BoT Ultra-Heroic mode, or whatever name you'd attach to those extra tiers.Just way too much inflation and overlap imo. I think if you really want to experience the content, even this early in the expansion raiding is pretty solid the way it is, maybe even in the best shape it's ever been.