People enjoyed having portals, easy rep and valor, instant summoning to the raid instance, flying while leveling too. Sometimes you have to remove stuff that some people enjoy, maybe even a lot of people enjoy, for the good of the game.
Um no, the point of games is to be enjoyed. if there's a fair amount of players enjoying something it should be embraced. If theirs a fair amount of players not enjoying something and just doing it for the sake gear, not because you enjoy it, that's straight up bad design.