1) Gear != Skill
Saw this somewhere else on the net recently. Surely the amount/level of gear does not equal a player's skill with their character, right? A person could be decked out in full T15 Heroic/T-Forged gear but be a mediocre player, whilst another with Valor gear and maybe some LFR could be far more skilled. Is this a viable statement? I'd like to think so. I've had gear obsession in the past (way back to T10.5 when I first played WoW) and I've tried to lower my gear-expectations before, albeit it hasn't always worked. But seriously, does gear really equal skill in WoW?
2) Trying to have fun
If something isn't fun in WoW, then don't do it. Like me, I'm getting bored of running LFR constantly on my Hunter, who has yet to obtain the x-bow from Durumu, or the gun from Iron Qon. Tried rolling a Mage, but the novelty of a true-glass-cannon has worn off I believe. I'm thinking of re-rolling an Elemental Shaman like I did when I first played. I would be willing to do Normal raids for my Hunter, however I'm not keen on strict raiding times as it turns out. I guess I'm a casual player after all.
3) Gear obsession and eventual obsolete status
By this I'm trying to state that my previous/current mindset of being obsessed with great gear (not necessarily BiS though, but close enough) is itself a confusing contradiction. The weapons in 5.0 and 5.1 were made obsolete pretty much when the weapons of 5.2 came out. Again using my Hunter as an example, she currently has the LFR Taoren gun equipped (483 + sha gem and extra gem). I didn't get it until after 5.2 came in, so it was obsolete, yet I really wanted it for so long. Using ToS-violating raiding services has crossed my mind before, yet always stalled due to money, AND the above realisation that the gear I'd be getting would become less viable for future content, which in turn would make the purchase of such a service a waste of money.
I think I'm just venting here, but I'll try and make some points:
- player-gear shouldn't be as important as player-skill, whether its full T15 gear with some TF gear, or Valor gear with a little bit of LFR gear
- making a gear plan and doing your hardest to stick to it shouldn't be a bad thing
- being a casual player is also not a bad thing
Constructive comments and thoughts are welcome. They may even help me out with determining my future playing WoW.