Feb 21st 2008 6:23PM i hardly consider pvp gear to be welfare epics. while it is true that you can afk for that gear, there are tools avialable to responsible players to report the afkers. 1 epic costs about 12k honor. to do that it will take around 6 hours of work. 1 peice = 6 hours. it took me around that for my pants. i was then takent o kara where my hunter got a bow, a pair of boots, a ring, a necklace, a quest reward trinket and ring. and of course rep. how is this not welfare? i bet if I ran a couple more I would have gotten additional peices, perhaps the t4 gloves and helmet, who knows.
either way i think both options for epics are pretty balanced. Blizzard is very skilled at balancing thier games. I trust thier judgment for both badge rewards, drop rates and pvp gear.