Of course 5.1 will invalidate that excuse. 489 becomes 493 then 497. So for certain pieces they will be BiS outside of heroic, which a large portion of the community will not see at current level. Only if it is nerfed after the next tier is released.
I think you're talking about the upgrade system that's coming in 5.1, (Another thing you can spend your VP on, so its not wasted if you dont daily grind), but you forget to take into account that all gear can be upgraded, and by 5.1 Terrace will be out which drops 502 ilvl natively, so after upgrades 489 gear will still be the lowest 497, while HoF will be 503, and terrace will be 509. I might be wrong, maybe I'm having a dumb moment but I still dont understand how Vp gear could ever be BIS after HoF/TES are open.
Also not trying to say you're wrong, but yes BIS natively has the best stat alignment to your class/spec, but with reforging, even most none BIS is a negligible dps loss. For the min/maxers out there that need to have BIS though, nothing stopped em before from grinding for it so they aren't really the people I was addressing in my posts. We all make sacrafices for the gear/items we want, some of us its dealing with stupid people(raiding) some of us its grinding dailies.
Edited, Nov 13th 2012 6:57pm by BeanX