Most of the Brutal Gladiator armor sets and equipment require personal ratings in order for players to be able to purchase them, so the new Season 4 gear will not flood the community the same way past seasons did. Even Honor-bought items such as bracers, boots, and rings will require participation in the Arenas in order for players to qualify for purchasing them.
We've put together a review of all the Brutal Gladiator armor sets for you to review, with a brief analysis of each piece and an assessment of whether it's worth the Arena points and the bother to grind for the personal ratings. We've also compared Season 4 gear with their equivalent Vengeful Gladiator pieces so you can tell at a glance how much of an improvement each piece is from its predecessor. Take a look after the jump at our extensive gear guide.
Click on the links below to take you to the armor set you want to review. Each link will take you to a post with a preview of the armor as well as a table showing the Arena or Honor point cost of the item and the personal rating required to purchase them. Each armor piece will have its stats displayed with a number in parentheses to represent the improvements over their Season 3 equivalent. At the end of each item description is a small commentary assessing the worth of the item for purchase. I've used a 1-5 rating system to grade each piece based on how good they are for each class and spec, as well as the cost and rating required:
DISCLAIMER: Note that these grades are based purely on my own opinion and an overview of traditional class representation in Arenas and not an actual mathematical valuation of each item. In the end, you should purchase the Brutal Gladiator or Guardian gear that you feel suits you best.
DRUID [Restoration] - Brutal Gladiator's Refuge
DRUID [Feral] - Brutal Gladiator's Sanctuary
DRUID [Balance] - Brutal Gladiator's Wildhide
HUNTER - Brutal Gladiator's Pursuit
MAGE - Brutal Gladiator's Regalia
PALADIN [Holy/Healing] - Brutal Gladiator's Redemption
PALADIN [Holy/Shockadin] - Brutal Gladiator's Aegis
PALADIN [Retribution] - Brutal Gladiator's Vindication
PRIEST [Holy/Discipline] - Brutal Gladiator's Investiture
PRIEST [Shadow] - Brutal Gladiator's Raiment
ROGUE - Brutal Gladiator's Vestments
SHAMAN [Restoration] - Brutal Gladiator's Wartide
SHAMAN [Enhancement] - Brutal Gladiator's Earthshaker
SHAMAN [Elemental] - Brutal Gladiator's Thunderfist
WARLOCK [Affliction/Demonology] - Brutal Gladiator's Dreadgear
WARLOCK [Destruction] - Brutal Gladiator's Felshroud
WARRIOR - Brutal Gladiator's Battlegear