said by DarkLogix:
True you don't have to, but if you do you can gear faster.
BP rep though, if you get your sha-touched weapon and haven't done that rep you can't gem it.
Where as a fully repped toon could put in their 550 gem and a 160 gem.
In my opinion. The worse parts of the BP thing are:
* Getting the damn weapon to drop
* Complete your coins
The rep grinding is the easiest part.--
Judge a man by the trials of his shield, not the empty reaping of his sword.