WoW has never been for "hardcore" players unless you're in one of the top progression guilds that is constantly attempting to push through content ASAP on higher difficulty modes. So if you had the impression that it was hardcore, odds are you were in one of those guilds, or a guild with a bunch of jerks.*
I play probably 1-2 hours a day, and never raid. MoP is probably my second-favorite expansion, after WotLK. There's a ton to do, even without raiding; more than at any other time in the history of the game. Also, you can only do "so much" each day/week; for example, your Valor Points will be capped at 1000 maximum per week, so there's no real incentive to play "24 hours a day" in order to gear up. Actually, these days you can probably cap honor in a week just by playing an hour or so a day; a random dungeon and a random scenario each day will earn around 150 VP. Rinse and repeat each day.
*Edit: That's not to say that you deserve to be carried through content with a terrible spec/gear/enchantments/rotation. But learning how to play your class well is setting the bar pretty low. Unless you're doing hard modes with your guild, few people are going to insult you for not having all purples in the first tier of LFR.
Edited, Apr 15th 2013 10:40am by LockeColeMA
Retired News Writer for the ZAM Network
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