Not everyone lives for raids. I'm rarely able to find a group for a raid anyway, and without hirelings stand no chance of soloing 'em. Yes, I'm a member of a big guild, but work and life commitments keep me from their 'scheduled activities."
So at this point using "raids" as an end game just counts me out. I won't be getting any of that good raid loot anytime soon (excepting what I can buy in the ASAH..*cough*).
In fact my biggest complaint with the Xpac is all that it offers me is more quests which I -should- automatically get as a VIP and the Owlbear which is a big disappointment so far and based on posted remarks I doubt will be good enough to warrant the $80? (I forget prices.)
If theyd've made the hireling decent and not required the legendary to get it, I'dve bought it in a flash. Right now I'm waiting to see what they do and if they make the Owlbear decent I'll step off VIP to afford it.
I am also not a big fan of living-to-TR and I am not a big fan of farming destinies I can't use. I sure wish the Destiny/Fate Point system was designed better to reward focused builds and I think that would be a much better use of developer/designer time than all this focus on how to "enhance" *cough* TR. Sure that should be done, but after the design issues in the current system are addressed.
Make the game fun, not a repetitive quiz and give our focused builds more access to content and a lotta people like me will love it.