Okay, I choose a deliberately provocative title in order to get some attention on to this thread because this is something that we haven't seen much real talk about: endgame gear progression post Drop 3. Specifically for me, solo/non-raiding gear progression, but this really is an issue that affects everyone.
My questions are this:
1. What does the general road map for gear progression look like? Will there be pre-raid gear tiers that the raiders will need before moving onto raids?
2. Will loot drops still be the primary form of gear progression, or will players be able to upgrade via vendors?
3. Will there still be soloist/non-raider gear progression that does not hit a dead end with the gear that is intended as starting raid gear?
4. If the commitment to soloist/non-raider gear progression is still there, how exactly is that supposed to work? Will raid gear have unique stats not found on non-raid gear (ie. like the difference between PvP gear and PvE gear)? If there is not a PvE/PvP-like stat division between raid gear and non-raid gear, how is the progression supposed to look/feel any different from the "funnel everyone into raiding" progression that has become the norm?
5. Will gear progression be enforced (ie. you must complete the Tier 1 set before being able to purchase/equip the Tier 2 set; alternately, must have defeated Boss X before being able to purchase/equip this piece), or will it be unrestricted beyond character level (ie. only requirement is to be level 50)?
6. Where exactly does crafted gear fit into this scheme? Is it going to primarily be for introductory level 50 gear; or will crafters at some point get the ability to craft more customizable (stat-wise) near-raid level gear?
This list probably doesn't include every single question that the players have, but I think that it's a good starting point for questions that the Devs haven't been as forthcoming with as I would like, particularly in the solo/non-raider area where there's been a lot of talk about the new content we're going to be getting, but virtually no talk about the meaningful post-50 progression that was frequently discussed prior to launch.