Originally Posted by xcel30
Eagler bearer is a strong exotic, that is hard to get, i have no problem with being a exclusive reward for completing the current normal version of the raid, and it's intention is being that. The gear sets are meant to be used in the raid, most of them are somewhat weak but have the intention of buffing the whole team instead and you only get these items that should improve your raid experience, if you already showed off that you don't need them.
I see it as sort of in the same spirit as why you don't typically get gear way above your level in the level 1-30
phase on the game. Better gear - gear more in line with your character quality and skill - drops as you do harder and harder content.
Especially considering that Aces & Eights seems to be the only in-meta set of the three for the Raid right now, and the entire Raid can be completed without it.
But, that said, I will ask: with content that so heavily emphasizes squad composition and teamwork, where else could the Raid sets drop that would be as justified?