Late-breaking news this evening reports that the latest achievement on the Sunwell Plateau on the PTR unlocked a vendor that will exchange tier tokens and badges for different seasons of arena gear. I talked a little about patch 2.4 altering the pvp gear progression path to move people back into instances yesterday when discussing purchasable, reputation-based pvp blues that will be added to the game, but it looks like Blizzard's changes are set to make this even more dramatic. Here's the current exchange rate:
- Tier 4 tokens = equivalent Season 1 pieces (gladiator set)
- Tier 5/6 tokens = equivalent Season 2 pieces (merciless gladiator set)
- Badges of Justice = Veteran's boots (40), bracers (25), belt (40)
- New T6 tokens = equivalent Vindicator's gear (boots, bracers & belt)
While this change might even be a bit too far in the opposite direction, I still maintain that increasing the pace and means by which players get pvp gear is going to make all arena play -- not just the high end -- much more about skill and much less about who's managed to log enough pvp time to get ___ amount of resilience.