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2-18-2008 @ 4:47PM
I agree.Season 1 Honor Gear:Season 1 Arena Armor is item level 123. To get this, you need to win 0 games. You need to kill 0 people. You need to have 0 friends, can be any spec, and can do it naked. You will always get the item that will give you the biggest boost next.Even if you are skilled, your estimated contribution to winning (and, therefore, getting the gear faster) ranges between 10% (in the worst possible battleground for honor: WSG) to 0.25% (in the best battleground for honor: AV). Let's take this into consideration, and look at average faction wins from Warcraftrealms. In my bracket: being categorically better than every person in the game is worth less in terms of speeding up the aquisition of PvP gear than simply being horde. You can grind honor faster by being an average player and being an orc than you can by being exceptional and being a human.Kara:Karazhan loot ranges from level 115-125. For the worst possible player, you have a 10% chance of being the weak link in your group, and in some encounters, such as Shade of Aran, your lack of competence can actually hurt the raid (i.e. Flame Wreath). Failing continuously will earn you no loot. Kara is only quick when out-geared it and everyone knows the fights. You need a balanced group of people to cooperate and work together. People need to have a 'minimum' level of gear, skill and spec requirement. You cannot guarantee what drops. To earn an entire set of gear through Kara, you would likely have to run it many times. (Decreasing the likelihood that people would let you piggy back as a complete failure).The time it takes to get PvP gear is linear. The time it takes to get Kara gear could range from infinite (highly unlikely) to one run (highly unlikely). Let's assume that both sets of gear are equivalent in value to a player. Given the random nature of Karazhan loot, it would take longer to get any given piece of loot or an entire set on average. It also requires more skill to get Karazhan loot (by default, since PvP *requires* no skill).I will not make an argument for or against allowing PvP gear to be obtained the way it is. I won’t call them “welfare epics.” But calling PvP gear harder to get is wrong. It might be more tedious to get, but then that beckons the question of why you would want to do it in the first place.
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