I must admit that I like all this Epic Cloak thing in the end of all.
No! I’m still not doing it for any of my chars, but here’s the point: it’s a carrot that attracts many people into LFRs and lets me find the groups for raiding.
I suppose if the Epic Cloak thing would have been dismissed with latest patch, it would be very, very, very hard to queue up succesfully and find a group. Yes, people still want to dress up in SoO, but I suppose it would be way harder.
Let’s see an example: before patch, Valor points did matter. So I could find a group for dungeon or scenario in no time. Now – it’s almost impossible, because Valor-carrot is gone, and no one wants to do dungeons and scenarios anymore.
Rottenshield queued up and successfully found and did 2 raids yesterday. At the same time she queued up for dungeons (because she needs bonus reputation with Celestials). You know what? 2 hours of waiting, and NO dungeon group was found,
So bless the carrots :) they prove useful even if you don’t need them yourself.