The vanilla playerbase was far more casual and ignorant on what constitutes achievable DPS.
Our raids aren’t filled with clickers and keyboard turners decked in sub optimal gear and talents.
If you believe that you need a handicap compared to these older players, you’re going to have to wait for the catch up gear. Honestly, raid progression is thrilling, I suggest you give it a go at the difficulty that was set originally.
Blizzard announced which build of WoW we would launch on. I guess you weren’t listening. We were only ever getting the one version of AV.
Edit: Sorry, I see you weren’t complaining about the version of AV but rather when they were implemented. From what I remember, they weren’t too much earlier, if at all.
There was no implication that they were released to balance faction population, I don’t know why you would assume that.