If you were to do only one thing before Wrath
launches, might I recommend my favorite thing? PvP
. I mean PvP of the fun sort. The casual PvP that should be healthy for everybody -- the Battlegrounds
. Forget Arenas
. It's a season in limbo
and no Arena points are being awarded tomorrow
, with everything from teams to ratings be wiped thereafter. The only thing that really matters now is Honor. It's the one currency aside from Gold that will still be viable deep into Wrath of the Lich King
. Since Blizzard announced that Honor will not be reset
, it makes perfect sense to stockpile it. Let Adam
duke it out with their graphic due
l. We'll ninja this feature and head off into the Battlegrounds to do some PvP of our own.
Unlike Badges of Justice
which will only be legal tender for Level 70 item rewards, or Arena Points, which will be wiped clean the moment we ding 71, Honor will still be usable to purchase on-level rewards. Of course, we can expect inflation to apply -- a pair of Guardian bracers today cost 11,794 Honor and 20 Warsong Gulch Marks of Honor, but data suggests that the Deadly Gladiator bracers
will cost 39,400 Honor and a 1660 personal Arena Rating. The Guardian belt and boots
currently cost 17,850 Honor and 40 Eye of the Storm / Arathi Basin Marks of Honor, but looks like they'll cost 62,000 Honor and 1630 and 1720 personal Arena ratings respectively.
The current Honor cap is at 75,000, with each type of Mark of Honor capped at 100. This means that at the cost of the boots and belt, you'll only be able to purchase one piece when you hit Level 80 and play a few games through Season 5 when it starts on December 16. It's still not a bad deal if you've stored away all that Honor to begin with. And this is only if you choose to go for the best of the best... the Hateful and Savage Gladiator equivalents should be much more affordable. I wouldn't trust the current prices just yet -- anything can change once the PvP item vendor finally becomes accessible in Lake Wintergrasp
. That said, any Honor you will have banked for Northrend will be a good investment.