. . .Bunch of stuff . . .
I understand what you're saying, but I don't agree with you.
Your viewpoint seems to be that Valor gear is for progression raiders only and nobody else needs it.
If that were the case, VP should only be attainable through progression raiding. But it's not. It's attainable through heroics, scenarios, and dailies as well as raiding. And even if you decided to raid for your VP, you still couldn't spend them unless you did the hour(s)/day of dailies to unlock the privilege of buying the gear you have the points for.
I would argue also that progression raiders - for many of the reasons you yourself pointed out - are the least needing of the Valor gear to begin with. You guys are downing bosses and getting 489s as it is. Yes, you may have low spots in your gear that could be boosted or a bad run of drops. But you *are* clearing content and, as a group at least, are gaining ilvl every run I'd imagine. On the other hand, people who are trying to start raiding and are not yet downing bosses need all the help they can get. It's not that anybody "deserves" anything at all. It just seems to be turning a lot of people off that while you can gain VP in a lot of ways, you still have to do dailies to actually make use of it.
I don't think this is a whiny attitude. I think it's a valid complaint about a system that makes no sense. If the gear is intended solely for raiders, then let access to it be gained solely by raiding. But it's not. Somebody who does 3 hours of dailies a day can get better geared than one who is raiding every day and having no luck either downing bosses or getting drops.