They aren't really essential though. If you don't want to learn the patterns, you don't have to. Of course, you'll have to go find someone that has them so you can use those items, and you won't be making a profit off them. That's a choice. Just as the player next to you that decides to go and invest time on raising a particular faction because he feels it's worth the effort.
Same goes with items for PVE. If you'd rather get those first instead of waiting for the epic item drop from normal raids, that's your choice as well.
Sorry, they are
essential. I would really like to see you address this particular point: What if the people in question are team-driven, nobody puts pressure on them (but themselves), and they want to help their raid team progress? Not everything in the raids is gear, just as not everything is a skill; be skilled all you like, you cannot even beat the first boss in MSV if half the raid is wearing greens. For example, my raid team has a few dps who are failing to avoid non-lethal raid damage sources, which, when they build up over a course of the first 3-4 mins of a fight, actually OOM our healers. Boom, wipe. They are good players, but obviously need time to adjust to the raiding mindset.
It's a simple math, really. There are gear issues and skill issues. Each one of both can cover for the other (to a certain extent of course). People are striving to improve their skill alright; in the meantime, having an upgrade or two might tilt the scales enough for us to score.
And I cannot comprehend your firm defense of the dailies by themselves. Did you read the last few pages? Me and several others are saying it in clear text: we don't want gear handed to us without any effort
! We want the effort to have alternatives.
Wasn't the philosophy behind MoP: (1) to give players stuff to do, and (2) to give them alternative means to achieve character progression? And don't get me wrong -- I believe this goal is mostly achieved; but on the reputation front, it is not. There is no choice
on how to farm your rep. Why is that so hard to acknowledge and adress in a CM reply? Baffling.
Only if you truly want them. The right question is: do you really need those? If you want the patterns to make a profit of those, makes sense to me you've got to put some effort getting there, if it's for your guild raiding efforts, then hey, I'd see it as part of the effort to be at the top of your game.
We know the right question, we asked ourselves the right question, and we answered "yes". Yes, we want the items. Yes, we want to put effort. No, we don't perceive dailies as an effort -- it's a daily time-sink, requires no thought and doesn't improve any of your skills, except maybe stoic patience.
If you know, or are willing to answer, I would very much like to know the following.
Explanation before the question: Sha'tari Skyguard have a few dailies, but, their daily zone is populated by NPCs which give you 10 rep when you killed them. You also loot tokens from them and hand them in for some more rep.Why having the Sha'tari Skyguard type of factions is a bad idea in Pandaria?