Arenas and PvP will be ongoing some changes soon, before the start of Season 4. Many people have been voicing pros and cons to the Honor-attained gear, as well as Arena-attained gear, and Blizzard has seen it fit to respond and tweak the system some more with the advent of Arena Season 4. In their latest Blue post, they explain a lot on how the new system is going to work, and what we could expect from them as the time for the new Season looms closer and closer.
Season 3 Items
The requirement for these items will be lessened, but not gone entirely. Remember, they will also go down in Arena Point price.
Season 3 Shoulders Rating: 1950
Season 3 Weapon Rating: 1800
Season 4 Items
Requirements for Season 4 items are steeper than Season 3's, and have a lot more requirements. Blizzard has mentioned that this is due to the fact that these items are equal in power to those found in their latest raid instances, so more effort should be expended in order to obtain them. The requirements are as follows:
Season 4 Shoulders Rating: 2200
Season 4 Weapon Rating: 2050
Season 4 Headpiece Rating: 1700
Season 4 Chest Rating: 1600
Season 4 Leggings Rating: 1550
Gloves and Off-hand Rating: No Rating Required
Season 4 Honor Gear Items
The most interesting change to this will be the addition of Personal and Team Arena Rating requirements for Honor Gear as well, at least the one past Vindicator's (it will be called Guardian's).
Requirements will be as follows:
Boots Rating: 1700
Ring Rating: 1650
Bracers Rating: 1575
Belt, Necklace, Trinket Rating: No Rating Required
Season 2 items that roll over to the position Season 1 items are in right now will not have any rating requirement attached to them.
Blizzard has also stated that they will be taking measures and new rules to try and stop people from obtaining ratings they don't deserve by exploiting the Arena System, including the following:
- If your character's personal rating is more than 150 points below than your team rating, they will earn points based on their personal rating instead of the team rating.
This means players won't be able to just jump into high-level teams and obtain tons of points, they will need to earn them themselves.
- If the average personal rating of the players is more than 150 points below the team's rating, the team will be queued against people who match the players's personal rating instead.
This means players can't join a high team and face high-rated opponents, bringing their personal rating up. They will need to compete fairly in order to succeed.
Honor Cost Revealed
In the PTR's, the first item that's been sighted is the Season 4 PvP Trinket - Epic Quality, 45 resilience, removes all impairing effects with a 2 minute cooldown. The cost? 40,000 Honor. Start saving up, people!
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