I found out last night there seems to be some confusion amongst those of us that don’t PvP all the time, just what the heck is going to happen when Season 4 goes live.
As in, what will things really cost to purchase?
Dammerung told Cassie, for example, that he understood that Season 2 gear would require an Arena rating as well as Honor and Marks to purchase.
To help clarify this a little bit, since I personally get confused as HELL about what all the different byzantine emthods of getting PvP gear are, here is the Blue Post that spells out everything we know about PvP gear costs in Season 4.
While Season 3 is still going strong, we wanted to announce ahead of time the rating requirements that will be present for arena items once Season 4 begins. We also wanted to give everyone a heads up to some changes that will be in an upcoming patch, altering how points are gained and players are matched in the arena system. The patch with these changes is scheduled to release before the start of Season 4.First though, the rating requirement changes: When Season 4 begins, Season 3 items will be reduced in personal and team arena rating requirement to:
The new Season 4 items will have the below personal and team arena rating requirements:
In addition, some of the Season 4 quality items that will be purchasable with honor will also carry a personal and team arena rating requirement:
The Season 2 items, which will move to the honor system when Season 4 begins, will continue to have no rating requirement.
The changes to the rating requirements for these items reflect the nature of the items, their power, and the relative difficulty that should be had when attempting to obtain them. These items are comparable to those found in the newest 25 person raid zone, Sunwell Plateau, and should therefore also feel very challenging to obtain.
To help ensure that the challenge in obtaining these items stays true to those achieving these ratings, we’ll also be implementing new rules with an upcoming patch to curb practices that undermine the core concepts of the arena system. These rules are as follows:
- If a character’s personal rating is more than 150 points below the team rating, they will earn points based on their personal rating instead of the team rating.
This means that a player cannot join a highly rated team and begin earning points based purely on the pre-established rating of the team before they joined it. They’ll need to compete, improve, and gain a personal rating worthy of the points they would receive.
- If the average personal rating of the players queuing for a game is more than 150 points below the team’s rating, the team will be queued against an opponent matching or similar to the average personal rating.
This means that players cannot join a highly rated team and immediately face highly rated opponents, easily and quickly bringing their personal rating up. Instead they’ll need to again compete, improve, and earn their rating.
We’re excited to see these changes implemented, which will continue to emphasize the strong competitive nature of the arenas, and the challenge in obtaining the highest end rewards available for PvP.
- If a team does not enter an arena match that is starting they will lose points equal to the amount that would have been deducted if they had played and lost.
This change makes it less viable to participate in illegitimate team match-ups by requiring every game be played; not just those that are against a team’s desired opponent.
Will Season 3 non-set items stay available?Yes, the Season 3 honor items will still be available for purchase without a rating requirement after Season 4 starts. There will be two sets of “non-set” items once Season 4 begins. The Season 4 honor items (boot/belt/bracer/etc) some of which will require a rating, and the Season 3 items (boot/belt/bracer/etc) which still won’t require any rating.
Just to sum up, when Season 4 begins:
Season 1 honor set: Removed
Season 2 arena set: Moved to honor, no rating requirement
Season 3 non-set honor items: Staying
Season 3 arena set: Arena rating and cost requirements lowered
Season 4 non-set honor items: Added with rating requirement
Season 4 arena set: Added to Arena with increased rating requirement