If you thought the item level of endgame PVE gear purchasable with justice points was a little low, Blizzard apparently agrees with you. Bashiok just let the official forums know
that a hotfix is incoming, bumping the ilvl 450 PVE rares to 458. Additionally, the hotfix brings down the item level (and rarity color!) of the ilvl 464 epic PVP gear available for honor to 458 and rare.
In conjunction with the hotfix removing the reputation requirements to access the JP gear
, it should be considerably less of a hassle -- and involve a lot less PVPing -- to gear up for heroics. The downside is that the PVP gear you probably bought just to cheat the queueing system is a little worse. I can live with that.
The full post from Blizzard is after the cut.
Justice and Honor Gear Changes
We're working to adjust current Justice and Honor gear to better align with intended values. Currently it's more lucrative to run Battelgrounds for ilvl 464 epics, and convert all Justice to Honor to gear up. While some crossover is fine, the most optimal way to gear for PvE doesn't make sense to happen through PvP.
This hotfix will ideally go out today, and once applied will change all Justice and Honor items (including those already purchased) in the following ways:
Current – ilvl 450 Rare
New – ilvl 458 Rare
Current – ilvl 464 Epic
New – ilvl 458 Rare
We'll be increasing the PvP Power and Resilience on the Honor items by 15% to compensate for this change.
Again, our design in Mists of Pandaria is to allow for a greater degree of crossover between PvE and PvP using the same gear, but the original item levels simply made Honor gear (through Battlegrounds or conversion of Justice to Honor) a far better route to gear up for PvE. Players who enjoy PvE shouldn't feel forced to PvP to get the best gear, and vice versa.
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