I haven't done a single normal raid this whole expansion. My work schedule doesn't allow it, my wife complains.
I ran Ds pretty much every week and Icc every week as well as most bc raids. I've killed every boss in raid finder over 20 times on 9 different 90s.
I know it's different than normal but it's all mostly easy to me.
Now to the point:
I now want to start raiding because I work the day shift now. My main has a 499 item Level, an Arms Warrior. 99.999999% of the time I am number one on the dps meters. I'm not floating my own boat, I know somewhere out there are people that would destroy me, many of them but I am damn good.
I did 170k yesterday on Elegon Lfr, 2nd place guy was a Disc priest of all people at 120k AND topped heal meters.
I try to get pugs of Msv, there isn't a single upgrade there for me, i simply want to do it, BUT, every single time I try to join one of the million pugs in trade the guy whispers me to link him straight six achieve. A lot of these people are people I see on Sha of Anger or in random raids and know that they suck, yet they wont give me a chance even after I tell them I'm 499.
I was trying to get all the achieves in order, Msv, Hof, Toes normal. I don't even want a single piece of gear from any of them and still if I don't have an achieve i never get another whisper.
It's funny and maddening at the same time. In the end I don't really care. I'm happy where I am with most of my toons, just wanted to try something different, but I guess I'm not cool enough. Don't count everyone out, you might bring a 50k scrub that can link straight six instead of the 170k Warrior.