Almost always when a major patch with a new tier of raid content is released Blizzard will reset your valor points. While you do not outright loose the points you have earned, they are typically downgraded to justice points.
With patch 5.2 looming large on the horizon, it had been Blizzards plan to do just that once again. However, this time due to an outcry from the player base, something different is happening, you will get to keep your valor this time around.
For those of you that do not follow the official forums religiously, the post discussing this can be found in the next section below. After you read Blizzards post and reasoning for the change of heart, check out some potential other reasons in my editorial on the topic. Is Blizzard going soft or are there other reasons for this change? Is keeping your points a good thing or bad, find out below.
Blizzard Announces Valor Change
While Blizzard does a great job of explaining the issues and explaining their reasoning for this u-turn decision. I can’t help but wonder if it is the complete reason or if there were other issues playing in.
While I applaud the fact that Blizzard appears to be listening and reacting to player concerns and comments far more than they used to I can’t help but wonder.
I wondering if declining subscriber numbers plays into that, and since they got complaints about this, they are trying to keep existing players happier than they have in the past.
With that in mind let’s look at some of the good and bad points regarding resetting valor with a patch.
Pro’s and Con’s of Resetting Valor
So is not having a valor reset good or bad? At this point you may be asking “Is he daft? Of course its good”, isn’t it?
Every time a major patch happens that resets valor points, player’s tend to get upset, after all they worked hard for those points. However, keep in mind that saving them to have the most points possible going into the new patch is what lead to the reset system to begin with.
If a new patch is all about new challenges and earning new gear to be able to deal with those challenges, then walking into a patch with enough points to purchase 1 or 2 major upgrades right lessens that challenge.
It also means that as soon as a patch is on the horizon, it becomes more important to horde valor points than to get an upgrade with them, this seems counter-intuitive to me, and even ridiculous if you viewed your character as a real life adventurer. Think about it, if you where a knight and were going to go slay a mighty dragon, would you save your gold for a new sword once you got back from the fight in case there were better ones available, or would you buy the best you could get to increase your chances of actually surviving the current fight? I know that I would want to live first, and if I survived, worry about getting better gear later.
Also being able to save points, will generally only really help the player that raids all the time and has maxed out everything already. This means that on week one of the new patch, the players that are ahead, get further ahead, instantly. While I am all for hard work rewarding people, I always liked that a new major patch meant a new reset to keep things a little more even.
Sure, those players will get ahead of everyone else rather quickly again, but it does level the playing field a little. Think of the uproar is the winner in the Super Bowl each year automatically started the next season with a 7 point lead in every game they played. Would that be well received, or fair?
A point to consider here as well is that the old items are not going to be downgraded to justice points but will still cost valor points, just far less than before. This means that it is not going to be significantly easier for players that are getting new characters or alts going into to raiding geared up. Sure you will be able to get some of the old valor gear cheaper than in the past which will mean you can get more of it faster, the issue is that it will already be behind the gear curve to really help.
While Blizzard has said that the points were going to drop and the items were to stay valor items anyway, is that true, or just PR spin now that we keep valor. Personally, I would almost rather the items drop to justice, and we do the reset on valor.
There is a point as well to consider regarding the old valor gear staying as valor items. That is that the new gear, while better will only be able to be purchased by those already in the new raid regardless of having the valor to purchase it or not. That is because the reputation required to purchase it, is only gained in the ne Thunder King raid. This means that while everyone may be excited to start earning that new gear, you will need to purchase enough of the old to get to the ilevel 480 LFR gear requirement to actually raid before you can get any of it. This means that the price drop of those items should really help players get to the required 480 faster than they would normally have been able to.
Another small comment in Blizzards post that you may have missed, but that gives us a little info is the “Don’t Fret! Even if you have 0 valor currently you have time to cap out at 3,000 before 5.2 goes live.” What this means is that all of our expectations that Patch 5.2 would go live on February 26th is wrong. Even if you count the week that this comment went live (Feb 13th) that means you would get to the 19th, 26th, and then March 5th before the earliest that the patch would be live. If they were not counting the current week then it would not be until March 12th.
The Messiah has his say, and pointed out several good and bad things about keeping or not keeping valor through a major patch. What are your thoughts? Let us know by commenting below.