I see what Blizzard is doing now, burying us under so much content that when there's a content gap we can play catch up. Otherwise faster updates are a good thing, maybe they've decided to break up patches odd patches are non dungeon story, even patches are dungeons/raids etc?
To the point, I'm happy they are still working on the VP to increase ilvl, I was wondering where that idea was, as I hadn't seen anything mentioning being dropped (ala dance studio that my Wrath box still says on the back). And you can see by the way gear had rep requirements (that they hotfixed out) that the using VP to raise ilvl of gear was the original plan. Like if you look at Golden lotus, I think i saw a post saying it takes 26? days of dailies to get to exalted, and thats mentioning that you can't even access Shado-pan/August Celestials until revered with them. Most of those Factions are the ones that have the epic rep gear.
So if you could upgrade ilvl to match most of it til you cold grind rep to get the next tier it would make sense, without that in place, not so much.
Solo PVE Battlerings not sure about, My rogue while having tons of Defensive CD's (Btw hate you Bliz for that) seems extremely squishy, while my 85 Warrior in vendor greens can pull 4-6 mobs and just aoe em down and be full health or a lil below.
Pet Battle things, upgrades will be nice for crafters I made Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling and when trying to sell them, had questions on its stats (I used one myself to check em) and had a few people say its weak compared to rare caught pets, which makes sense.