The entire point of what I said above is this: Regardless of the fact that I haven't been in a solid raiding guild in almost a year and regardless of the fact that I haven't gotten to do much of any HM content in MoP, it doesn't change the way I play.
I still flask, pre-pot, pot, food buff etc. no matter if it's a 5 man, an LFR or a real raid. I just enjoy pushing myself and squeezing every ounce out of what I do. Some see it as unnecessary, and it is, but if you got it, why not use it...
As of right now, I've been out completely for the last 3 months, but having been able to sub back this week, I'm working on making up for lost time gear-wise, I'm going to work on my cloak, and I figure by the time I get a computer good enough to really raid again, I'll be in a position to join a solid guild again and do what I love doing.
I guess the point is, a solid guild will get me farther in my desired goals as far as progression, but not having a solid guild doesn't change the fact that I'm fucking good at what I do. And I know there are others out there who are great players, but for one reason or another just can't be a part of a solid guild right now, and it doesn't make them bad players or "casuals" (as if it's a 4 letter word), it just means that they won't be progressing as far as they could on a team, but they're still just as skilled.
Now I'm just getting way off topic. Sorry mods.
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OT: You'll notice, if you page through some of this long ass thread, that I agree with you 100% and have made many posts in support of this view.