If you raid just for the gear, i feel bad for you. The best thing I ever did was stop stressing over loot and do it for the challenge. The feeling I get when we down a boss we've been wiping and wiping on is unmatched for me. Focus on the lore more and the raids become something different than loot dispensers.
Once I figured out that raiding wasn't actually about loot, it started becoming more fun.
raiding is just about the only "social" aspect that is still in wow. Working on and defeating content with the same group of people and everything that goes along with it is just fun.
While MMO is the type of game that never had an end, for me, clearing a full tier on HC gives me that "closure" feeling, then you can relax until next tier.
If you have a good group or guild, there can be nothing better than a good ol' raid.
I remember during AQ 40 with 40 man group, I dipped into a top top guild called Lucid, full of players way better than me, but we went in through those gates and we were ready for some major adventure. Oh and we hacked the alliance to bits before, which was a nicely daily activity to warm up. You always knew there was going to be some amazing pieces drop during raid nights (which was every night so I had to stop), and someone lucky or deserving enough would receive. You would go to bed thinking about the drops. Or think about those gloves you got.. wow the stats. The shiny fresh purpleness that was all mine now.. Ooph.
Once you destroy the reward system, you destroy the game, you destroy the MMORPG experience. It's ALL about the reward system and Wow has abandoned that maybe 4-5 years ago.
I think they are aware now. Let's see how they turn things around in next expansion, it's going to be exciting.
Haha, well, mostly to have fun? Whats the point of leveling a char, if you can level him some more in another xpanstion. Well, to play the game of course.
Your OP is basically asking, 'what's the point in doing anything'?
Raiding can be fun/a challenge/something to test your skill/a way to socialize with others while working towards a goal.
Whats the point of doing anything? You're just going to die anyway.
For entertainment values: always found it satisfying downing a new boss.
Social values: Raiding with friends is much nicer than LFR people.
If nothing else epeen from the heroic coloured gear and bigger numbers in 5 mans
The experience is the point, not gear. Some want to face and overcome a challenge with a group of friends. Others merely want to see content.
I've always asked myself the same question, but I've come to the conclusion that gear pieces are knickknacks.
Why do people do Sudukos? Why do people play Chess? Anything challenging stimulates the same parts of the brain.
A better question is why do people play LFR exclusively? Most players don't even try (gems, enchants) and they get mad about not getting loot and they get to wait 7 days for 2 hours of gameplay (if you can call it that).
So the dps can blame the healers
The healers can blame the tank
The tanks can blame both the dps and healers.
To find out that 1 person is afk
Then that person is kicked... Afterwards people Look for more while they fight over loot.
Thats raiding in a nutshell.
You end up replacing everything you get in Wow. Pve Gear/ Pvp Gear/ Mounts/ Pets/ Stuff in your bags with new stuff.
Its an ongoing cycle.
So your real question would be: What is the point of playing WoW?
The answer is because I enjoy it.
I love raiding, i've never care about gear, NEVER, I stat in vanilla and gear always change, gear is just there to help you downing the boss easily, what I really care about and most experienced raiders care about is finishing the raid in all possible difficulties. You need to stop focusing in the gear or else you are not going to enjoy the game.
OBEY THE PUG!
I dont raid for the future, I raid for the present excitement. Very few things excite me like learning a new fight with my friends, getting frusterated, and then getting that rush at 5% only to wipe and try again. And then, we FINALLY get the kill, the adrenaline is flowing and you know its time to move onto the next adventure. Then I raid in order to prepare for the next new batch of content to continue that feeling. Thats why I raid.