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Nethaera explains Honor calculations


Ever since Patch 2.3 was released, there have been some honor controversies -- particularly with Alterac Valley. The way AV honor was calculated was changed and, for a while, not working. Though honor is working as intended now, people are still confused. This is understandable because it took quite a long forum post for Nethaera to explain how the whole thing works. Here are the main points:
  • Diminishing Returns: In all PvP in WoW, every time you kill the same player, you get 10% less honor. After you kill the same person 10 times, you stop getting honor for the kill.
  • Estimated Honor: This number does not take into account Diminishing Returns. Also, all fractions of honor are rounded up to 1, causing the Estimated Honor to be inflated. And the time of day that you view your Estimated Honor could affect the accuracy because the honor just earned may actually not be added until the next day's honor.
  • Battleground Bonus Honor on Call to Arms or Holiday weekends: Bonus Honor is not a percentage of honor earned in a Battleground on a holiday weekend, but it is instead awarded for accomplishing certain specific Battleground objectives.
Nethaera posted a long chart detailing all of the objectives for the Battlegrounds for Normal days and Holiday weekends. I've broken out the specific Holiday objectives and the Bonus Honor each awards as well as included the entire chart after the jump.

Battleground honor is calculated by "Kill" units. One Kill = 20.9 honor (at level 70). Here is the list of Bonus Honor awarded over and above the normal honor for each Battleground during a holiday weekend.

Bonus Honor awarded per Battleground on Call to Arms/Holiday/Bonus Honor weekends:

Alterac Valley

Bonus Objective: Map Completion (win or lose), Bonus Honor Awarded: 4 kills (83.6)

Warsong Gulch

Bonus Objective: Win, Bonus Honor Awarded: 2 kills (41.8)
Bonus Objective: Map Completion (win or lose), Bonus Honor Awarded: 2 kills

Arathi Basin

Honor per resource is calculated at 1 kill per 200 resources instead of 330 resources.

Eye of the Storm

Honor per resource is calculated at 1 kill per 200 resources instead of 330 resources.

In answer to a poster's question about whether the Wing Commanders returning to base in AV award 1 kill of honor, Nethaera explained that her chart may be incomplete, but here it is in its entirety: Note: Map Complete = Being there for the end of the game, win or lose.

Alterac Valley

Honor

Tower Destruction: Normal: 3 Kill(s), Holiday: 3 Kill(s)

Enemy NPC Kill: Normal: 0 Kill(s), Holiday: 0 Kill(s)

Captain Kill: Normal: 3 Kill(s), Holiday: 3 Kill(s)

General Kill: Normal: 4 Kill(s), Holiday: 4 Kill(s)

Map Complete: Normal: 0 Kill(s), Holiday: 4 Kill(s)

Per owned Graveyard: Normal: 0 Kill(s), Holiday: 0 Kill(s)

Live Captain: Normal: 2 Kill(s), Holiday: 2 Kill(s)

Per Undestroyed Tower: Normal: 2 Kill(s), Holiday: 2 Kill(s)

Per Owned Mine: Normal: 0 Kill(s), Holiday: 0 Kill(s)


Reputation

Tower Destruction: Normal: 12, Holiday: 18

Enemy NPC Kill: Normal: 5, Holiday: 5

Captain Kill: Normal: 125, Holiday: 185

General Kill: Normal: 350, Holiday: 525

Map Complete: Normal: 0, Holiday: 0

Per owned Graveyard: Normal: 12, Holiday: 18

Live Captain: Normal: 125, Holiday: 175

Per Undestroyed Tower: Normal: 12, Holiday: 18

Per Owned Mine: Normal: 24, Holiday: 36


Warsong Gulch

Honor

Flag Capture: Normal: 2 Kill(s), Holiday: 2 Kill(s)

Win: Normal: 1 Kill(s), Holiday: 3 Kill(s)

Map Complete: Normal: 2 Kill(s), Holiday: 4 Kill(s)


Reputation

Flag Capture: Normal: 35, Holiday: 45

Win: Normal: --, Holiday: --


Arathi Basin

Honor

Honor per resource: Normal: 1 Kill(s) per 330 resources, Holiday: 1 Kill(s) per 200 resources

Win: Normal: 1 Kill(s), Holiday: 1 Kill(s)

Map Complete: Normal: 1 Kill(s), Holiday: 1 Kill(s)


Reputation

Reputation per resource: Normal: 10 per 200 resources, Holiday: 10 per 150 resources

Win: Normal: 0, Holiday: 0


Eye of the Storm

Honor

Honor per resource: Normal: 1 Kill(s) per 330 resources, Holiday: 1 Kill(s) per 200 resources

Win: Normal: 1 Kill(s), Holiday: 1 Kill(s)

Map Complete: Normal: 1 Kill(s), Holiday: 1 Kill(s)


Reputation

Reputation per resource: Normal: NO REP available, Holiday: NO REP available


This clarifies a lot of things for me, but I'd still like to see a more detailed breakdown of the honor in AV. Does this answer your honor questions? Do you see any honor awards that are missing?

[Update: Edited for Clarity.]

Filed under: Patches, Analysis / Opinion, PvP, Forums, Battlegrounds

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