The patch 5.2 LFR item level requirement. It's been an extremely hot topic lately, and Blizzard has been listening. Today Taepsilum mentioned that the requirement has been reduced to 480, down from the previous high of 486.
This should make it much easier to get into the new LFR, as current LFR gear has an item level of 483. Keeping the new number just slightly below the current number should allow for those drops that just won't happen, and give players a bit more flexibility on off-spec sets as well.
Keep in mind this is all on the PTR, and as Neth reminded us earlier this week
, things can and often do change. Taepsilum's statement is as follows:
Just wanted to share some updated info we have with you guys: At this moment our intent is to change Thunder King's LFR ilvl requirement to 480, we also want to lower the Honor gear in patch 5.2 from 483 to 476, compensating with some bonus PvP stats, so that the gear remains as powerful for PvP but not allow players to use it as a quick shortcut into LFR.
Like always, everything is subject to change, we're still in PTR stage folks! And we all know that even on live things can still change, while we always [strive] to avoid doing that (and that's why we have a PTR), gameplay comes first, so if a change is urgently needed, we do our best to apply it as fast as possible.