My impression of Wotlk so far is that the bar has been lowered way too much, going straight to heroics and steaming through them in T6 gear was a very dull feeling, infact I can't remember anything in the current dungeons (Besides the HoS event, which is way overtuned) that has been challenging, and I have not used CC to nowhere near the same level as I did in TBC, tbh, SL normal pre-nerf is more challenging than any of todays heroics. Awaiting Tier 8 content before doing my final judgement, but Aion seems very intresting atm.
The gear curve needed to be steeper. We should be looking for upgrades in normal dungeons before progressing to raids and heroics. I'm all for accessibility, but throwing gear at people simply negates a large portion of the content you've designed
Initially I felt the Skihilum whines that content was too easy was a sad attempt to dictate the pace of content for the sake of the bleeding edge, but there's really little challenge in the current content. Progressing through difficult encounters is far more satisfying than steamrolling through content and collecting meaningless gear.
Fundamentally, I think the developers have confused making content accessible to casuals with removing the difficulty curve. None-so-good.
I've only sidegraded a cloak and got some new trinkets while questing but my gear is still all from BC besides that. As a moonkin I'm destroying 8-10 mobs at equal level if my cooldowns are available such as Force of Nature and Starfall. Is that fun? Sure, for a while but I'd like it to be harder than that. I'm still enjoying questing at a slow pace but it's a bit sad how the guild has already cleared 10 man Naxx and Spider wing on 25 man.
I really agree that you should need to go through the regular 80 instances before heroics before raiding or what's the point of that content? I'd like to enjoy the design and experience and encounters of all instances in increasing difficulty.
Is it possible for me to storm through Naxx and then do regular 80 instances and enjoy them? I don't think so, the challenge is where the fun lies. How is storming 80 heroics in full level 70 gear fun? If I gear up even more in new raids then the new content becomes even more obsolete.