So finally Blizzard has caved in resulting in massive tears, whining, fear for the future, guaranteeing that casuals and raiders both will be punished and abused by this. In case you are wondering I am talking about emblems being grouped together (2 active types), and making them more easily obtainable (current content vs old content), and all I can say is I told you so.
The 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 badge gear while requiring grinding allowed people to move uptowards current content rather than leaving good players stuck in guilds that won't allow them to move onwards within it, and without requiring the guild hopping which leaves a guild in its particular rut unless it gets lucky. I am honestly surprised it has taken Blizzard this long to start this change, the division of 10 and 25 man content into casual and raider status already made a bad division of gearing and the badge situation made it worse.
There isn't really a lot to say for this, it benefits casuals (who eventually get better gear), it benefits alts (who can get better gear), it benefits casual raiders (who get better gear), and it has no major effect on cutting edge raiders (who are the badge ahead of this change anyway). The second change is much more interesting, high end badges (Triumph) from daily Heroics and daily Dungeons, this increases the rate at which a high end raider can achieve gear, and allows non high end raiders to achieve the same gear over a longer period. This does have a negative effect on high end raiders (40 minutes or so dungeons a day for 3 badges weighed against progress ... is it the gear or is it the fun of progress that drives people), and has a minimal effect on anyone else other than allowing us to actually havea reason to do these low end content once we pass our 2nd week of being 80.
Blizzard have done what is necessary, however I believe it will be unpopular for a while up until people realise it needs to be done. The rest of the changes I will hold my tongue for at the moment, I have lots to say but until we get slightly closer to being finalised conjecture is kindof pointless.