care to elaborate on that last paragraph? What did they change with purchasing pvp gear? I had felt that the pvp gear "carrot" was dangled too far away compared to pve gear and I really lost interest in warfronts fast. think that was in 1.2 if not earlier. I've read that since then they have buffed valor pretty drastically, which i had hoped they would do.
Actually, they just revamped valor so that now a player in rank 1/2 PvP gear will have the same amount of base valor from gear as someone in rink 7/8 gear (works out to 30% damage reduction). There's still room to augment valor through runes and essences and such (up to about 40% total DR from valor), but they've basically made it so that the advantage gained from being high rank (in associated gear) vs. lower ranked player comes from the stats themselves (ie. increased damage/healing/endurance). There will still be a big difference between a rank 2 player and a rank 8 player, it's just that the extra damage/healing/endurance in addition
to the extra DR was kind of excessive the way things were scaling. Anywhoo...
As you know, you used to accumulate favor and then buy gear with that favor. Every piece of gear throughout each rank had a fixed favor cost that went up with each rank and that was that.
Now, when you go to the rank 1/2 vendors, you'll see that all gear is still bought with favor. The big change comes when you go to the rank 3/4 vendors where you'll notice that instead of an increased number of favor to buy the rank 3/4 pieces, you need to trade in the previous ranks of gear in addition to some extra Marks of Retribution to upgrade. Marks of Retribution are bought with favor (1600 each). I was just looking at the rank 6 chest piece and it requires the rank 4 chest piece + 43 MoR. That's around 68k favor to buy a piece of gear that used to cost something like 120k favor, with the added benefit that you didn't spend ranks 3 and 4 struggling along in rank 1/2 gear just so you could afford the rank 6 stuff as soon as you could use it.
The short version is that the total favor cost to buy all PvP gear from ranks 1-6 has been reduced to what it used to cost you just to buy the rank 5/6 gear. Edited, Sep 1st 2011 12:21pm by Aurelius