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Blizzard have posted an official preview of what is to come in Legion for the PvP community. Come check it out!

 

It's been a while since Blizzcon, where all these tasty PvP treats were announced. We've now got an official update on what is to come and how it's all going to work. Let's break it down and take a look.

 

The Honor System

 

It looks like Honor and Conquest are going the way of Justice Points - out the window!

 

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A glimpse at the PvP-talents for a Fire Mage.

 

They will no longer be used to buy gear. Instead, there is going to be a new system for max-level players. Honor will essentially be PvP-only experience. You will gain PvP levels and this will grant you certain rewards, such as Gold, Artifact Powers and so on. The biggest reward, however, is access to the PvP-only talents, like the PvP trinket we know today.

 

Hold on, didn't they say we're not using PvP currency for gear anymore? So how are we getting gear?

 

Uh, Blizz...? How are we going to get gear? 

 

Fear not, peons! It looks like PvP-gear is on its way out and we're instead getting a standardised set of gear. Let's take a look at the explanation by Blizzard:

 

"In Legion, as soon as you zone into a PvP instance, the stats on your gear will be nullified, and you'll be given a pre-determined set of stats that's uniquely configured for your specialization. Furthermore, any set bonuses, enchants, Legendary bonuses, or trinket effects will be deactivated (although your Artifact and its related Artifact Powers will remain active).

 
The only contribution your gear will make to your overall power is through a small modifier based on your average item level. For every point that your average item level increases, your pre-determined PvP stats will increase by 0.1%. That means a 25 item level difference between two players only results in a 2.5% difference in stats, compared to the 25% difference it makes today. There’s still a little incentive to improve your gear – a concept we think is important for World of Warcraft – but the benefits are much less pronounced." (source)
 
That's.. actually pretty cool. This finally allows for PvP specific tuning, without affecting PvE in the slightest. This could actually be the time where PvP becomes more balanced. Please do it right Blizzard, your chance is now. Fingers crossed!
 
So we can't earn any gear from PvP?
 
Wrong! 
 
It looks like PvP-specific gear is disappearing, but we can still earn gear by completing battlegrounds and arenas. The level of gear dropping and the amount will depend on your rating and contribution. Essentially, regardless of if you are amazing at PvP or PvE, you will be getting the best gear in the game.
 
What else is new? 
 
It looks like we're going to be getting shorter, more frequent PvP seasons with a lot more rewards coming in. On top of that, rewards are now going to be faction based. Just when they nerf Every Man for Himself. Damn. 
 
Where was this years ago?
 
Anyway, does this mean we're going to need to keep grinding about Honor levels every season?
 
Nope!
 
It looks like we're going to be entering into the realms of Call of Duty: Prestige levels are coming to WoW. Once you reach level 50 on the honor levels, you need to decide whether to enjoy your level or Prestige. Increasing your Prestige level will grant you a number of rewards, such as a mount, a new badge next to your name on scoreboards, a pennant similar to those in Diablo and even a new artifact appearance. Neat!
 
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The Alliance faction pennant. 
 
All this stuff, but no new map content?
 
Wrong!
 
It looks like we are going to be battling it out in two new Arena maps based on Black Rook Hold and Val'sharah.
 
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The new Arena map based in Val'sharah.
 
If you want to view the whole post over on the official site, check it out here.

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This might be just the thing to get me invested in PVP for the first time in a long time. Ejoying the fact that there isn't a huge gap inbetween ilvls as well.

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Greetings Icy-veins. I'm excited for loads of things, that is true. But to be honest I am kind of scared as well, since there is a lot to be done wrong in this expansion. Artifact weapons truly look good and have some nice traits, but personally i would ask how are we going to develop them in next patches and what will happen to them in the end of Legion.


 


Also i am excited for the PvE concept. There are 10 dungeons and I've seen few of them in YT previews and such. They look really nice and have really nice design, but what i would be again scared of is the scaling and the difficulty in heroic or challenge modes.


 


PvP concept is really looking nice with the small amount of information i have, but again, question is, how will the gear, talents and prestige work? I really look forward to it.


 


And last point: Lore... This is one thing I am really looking forward to and what interests me probably the most. We have a chance to see new and old characters and also we could have a chance to encounter or at least get some more info on Old Gods. Scaling system looks also really amazing. Since I am an alt person, i love to get all classes on max lvl, so this would allow me to progress the Broken Isles in any way i want. But again the negatives... I am really worried about the length (in hours) of each zone in Broken Isles. Some sources say that one zone only takes about one and half hour to complete which is too fast, but that is my personal opinion.


 


I know this was supposed to be "Why i am hyped for Legion" comment. But I just can't write all positives, without leaving out possible negatives, which are important. To me chance to get into beta of Legion is the chance to test the game and point out the bugs and glitches made in the game and help in one way or another improve the game for normal players, rather then play it as one. I will have a chance to do that when it launches. 


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I am new to pvp; I am slowly learning and having fun.  Not needing special gear in Legion for pvp will draw more players to try it out.  No more heavily geared beasts killing me in 2 seconds!

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Anyone know max prestige?

I recall reading something that said that 12 is currently the max prestige. However, I can't seem to find out where I read that, so it might not be 100% accurate. :/

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