I know this is a late comment but you ask "then can someone please explain why they need access to valor point gear? If they are not doing any hard content then there really is no need for better gear" and I want to answer it in light of the way I play WoW.
I have played WoW since early '06. I have lvl 85 toons on several realms and at least one of every class. However, I live in an area where the internet is very hard to come by so until recently I have not had a connection that was decent enough to consider playing with others as I would get d/c sometimes a dozen or more times in an hour and be unable to get right back on. So I have played alone. I would love to run dungeons and other things with a group that needs an extra body but my gear is not considered good enough to meet the groups expectations. I have tried many times and either been turned down or laughed at or ridiculed because of my mismatched gear. I do PvP and have decent PvP gear on most of my toons but try getting into a group to run a dungeon or a raid in full PvP gear and listen to what you are called. Maybe I am missing a way to get where I would like to be but I don't think so. So this is one reason why someone might need access to valor gear.
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