So I've seen this more and more as I work on my first relic (whm).
The end game community in here is so super elitest that it feels like everything is a catch 22. For those not aware of a catch 22, it is where you must have something in order to do something that grants you said thing. EG you must have a relic, before you can join a group to do the dungeon (AK) you need to get your relic.
My favorite are CM speed runs, the second to last story dungeon. You must have relic/full DL jewlery before people will let you join a level 50 dungeon that a whm can tank the whole thing with just AF armor.
Im not sure about other servers, but Hyperion and Sargantus are super bad about this.
Titant looking for people who know the fight/have experience/already have relic
Ak/WP/CM/Hydra - must have relic (or relic +1), and full gear, and already completed these dungeons.
The thing is, all of these fights were tuned to be beaten with AF armor (up to titan) and titan requires some jewlery, and ifirit/garuda/GC weapon but other than that they are all beatable without these stupid requirements.
Needless to say I got my first AK run done for my relic, by lieing and saying it wasn't my first time (which they figured out when we entered the last boss and i got the mapping achievement), and just reading the guide online so i wasn't clueless....You know what happened....nothing....we cleared the zone in like 25 minutes, Only died once to the bard backing up and agroing a Dahulan he couldnt see. Demon wall died at first set of adds, last boss died before second add died. Nothing terrible happened, but i had no relic, just af gear + hq jewelry, and a lvl 50 gc weapon.
So why the catch 22 with such elitism....this wreaks of the FF11 endgame back when only certain jobs could come to merit parties, even though any would work.