Oh deary me. I’m not sure if you missed it but Blizzard have let the ball drop with the switching of PvP seasons and gear.
Blizzard had stated that when a new patch is released, the current Valour/Conquest gear will become available for Justice/Honour points and a new level of gear will be introduced.
This works well as it means if you’re a raider/PvP person, you won’t need to farm every slot again, you can just use your Justice Points/Honour to fill any gaps you have and focus on the new tier of gear.
This is a sweet deal.
What actually happened
The new patch dropped, both Valour/Conquest items went down to Justice/Honour level and lots of people went and bought up their items as expected. However, Blizzard were about to take a turn for the worst..they introduced a new honour level of gear (iLv 371) superior to the gear people had just bought for honour (iLv 365) – so anyone who had spent their honour innocently on the iLv365 honour gear just got screwed!
I was one of these people. I had about 5000 honour from the 4.2 conversion and used it all on honour gear and then converted all my JP into honour and used all that on gear too…so probably around 8000 on honour overall, quite a bit!
To be fair on Blizzard, they did admit fault with this (see link below). I have no idea how something like this got through the net though as it is bleedingly obviously wrong!
You can see the blue post here.
Within 2 weeks Blizzard should reimburse anyone negatively impacted by this change with 4000 honour points.
The 4000 points isn’t enough to compensate my 8000 spent but you could argue it means I can use those points to upgrade bits of gear I did previously had, so it’s not that bad at all.
However, how are they going to do this? How can they tell if you are applicable for the 4000 honour? One suggestion going around is to just upgrade everyone’s S9 honour gear to S10. I again have no problem with this, although the 4000 honour would be better.
My personal suggestion would be to get rid of the S10 honour gear (and downgrade anyone who has some to S9 honour). Why? Because then we won’t need to farm for honour every season! This would mirror the PvE (superior) side of things.
Imagine if they did the same to PvE. We would have a new tier (iLv365?) available for Justice Points that would be superior to our raid gear…so we’d all be out farming heroics like crazy to improve our performance, even though there is a new raid available. It would be nonsense!
So in conclusion, it would seem that Blizzard want us to farm for honour every season; Why else would they put a new iLv of honour gear in every season? I think it’s a 2 part answer:
1) They don’t want everyone just sticking to Arena in S10, as the BG experience will be very quiet and frustrating for people experiencing long queue times.
2) With people getting conquest points from Arena, Rated BGs will continue to be a big fail (in terms of popularity). This change will force people into both Rated and Unrated BGs as both can provide honour.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this isn’t the best way to improve BGs popularity, they should take a step back and make BGs and PvP more fun.