A close friend of mine and I have been having lengthy discussions over the artificial walls Blizzard has enabled to delay progression. He believes (and I think this is Blizzards stance as well) that if Valor/Conquest Caps, Raid/Heroic locks, and whatever else were either removed or severely lessened, people would rush through content and cancel subscriptions until a later date.
I don't believe that to be the case, but it's my opinion after all. I'm curious how others feel. In my assessment, if I were able to "grind" out gear a bit more freely, I would personally feel encouraged to keep playing to gear my characters one by one. Under the WoW model, I generally level characters, poke about, and then cancel my subscription because I don't feel like doing the only grind they offer.
So for those of you out there, would it cause you to cancel and wait or would a more free reign to get it how you want or as fast as you want actually keep you engaged?