Some fights actually do require well geared players for example Botulus Rex and Bismarck. You aren't going to win without some emps/relics (or relevant magian weapons).
Then those fights are obviously overtuned in difficulty. I realize Emps aren't necessarily hard to make as even I am very close to a level 90 one, but they and their relic and mythic brethren should always be luxuries and not requirements..
These sorts of weapons should never be REQUIRED for run-of-the-mill group-based content (and I count Aby in that since the content doesn't require alliances for the most part) and they should only be HIGHLY DESIRABLE on the large, set-piece 'boss fights' in such as DL (of old), PW, AV and the like.
Edited, May 10th 2012 8:37am by Kragorn