Yes, you do have to trust the council in order for it to work, and yes, the council can't be corrupt or biased. But if you can't trust those people, or those people can't be trusted, then it's time to find another guild because either you care about loot too much and it's distracting you or your guild leaders are shooting progression in the foot. I've been in raiding guilds and have gone through all sorts of systems - free roll, DKP, various incarnations of EPGP, but loot council has been the smoothest. Hell, half the time in my raid the loot gets talked over and decided upon by the eligible players without it even having to go to a council decision. Everyone in the group has the same goal - downing that next boss that we haven't killed yet. Nobody stresses about loot, and we know that piece will drop again - all that's important is that the gear will go to whomever needs it the most, and we trust the council to make up our minds for us when we can't decide ourselves. It's perfectly drama free, and it's great for catching possible issues we will have with trials or new members who will put personal loot in front of the team and cause their own drama.