They are adding a whole chapter to the story with this update. I am all in favor of this. If you go free to play buy the expansion and see this amazing role playing game continue in story. You don't have to do raids to have fun and play this games. 8 separate story-lines to play. It will take you awhile to get through them all and the voice acting is amazing. However gear grinding should never be your main focus in a game. This game isn't meant to be played for only having one character. I have played 5 of the stories all the way through and its phenomenal. Plus the story mode operations are fun too and flash points have great voice acting and mechanics. I haven't even played any of the imp side ones yet, but im looking forward to it.
Now all the game needs is a community of people like you rather than the WoW rejects and maybe people would stop constantly complaining and actually have fun and create a fun environment in the game.
Kudos to your sir,