Honestly, I spent obscene amounts of time in-game during wrath and most of cata. Toward the end of cata and ever since, I have too many RL things to do and can't maintain that. Due to that, this return to the EVERY day necessity of dailies and gathering has really disappointed me in this expac. I thought they had learned a lesson with how well the system seemed to work in cata with being able to load your time when you could and not having such a restricted format for getting this stuff done. Also, I feel that the way valor gear and gear acquisition is working in general has taken a step back because getting OS gear is a nightmare, much less alts.
I blame the player-base, though. We got what we asked for. We asked for "more to do" and got daily-ville. We complained about "welfare epics" and got the new gear/valor systems. I say we in the colloquial sense because I was never one to complain about things to do or what gear anyone else had. We should know by now that Blizzard tends to slightly distort or go to extremes in delivering what we ask for. Complaingin to Blizzard often feels like wishing on a genie and getting the backfire of a granted wish. Just like the player-base asking for "heroic 5 mans" and us being delivered the wipe-fests we had for the first part of cata (if you pug'ed). I think they lost sight of the idea that "things to do" didn't necessarily mean "things we HAVE to do". That is partly our own fault too. If we don't "have" to do it, we often don't and then complain about having nothing to do. I hope they figure out a way to give us things to do that we don't feel are required but we DO feel are fun. Then they could fix this issue with dailies.
"he doens't need healing, he doesn't need healing, he doesn't nee-WHAOSHIT!wtf was that man!". Please stop leaning on TDR. -Teng