Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Honor Reset Followup

So, the mystery items that Blizzard CM's were not allowed to unveil when they announced the honor reset have been released on the PTR's a mere day later, confirming my opinion that there was zero good reason why this information should not have been available at the same time as the rest of the announcement. The honor system gets new cloaks (the last set of PVP cloaks was added in patch 2.3 and requires PVE badges to obtain), upgraded Battlemaster trinkets (also last upgraded in 2.3, though they were available for EITHER honor OR badges), and gems obtained via Honor are no longer soulbound or unique-equipped (a nigh meaningless change, since these purple-quality gems offer fewer stat boosts than green quality Northrend jewelcuts).

Overall, very underwhelming changes, and it wasn't at all worth holding the community in suspense in the hopes that something interesting would emerge amongst the promised "special items". The only interesting news is that the current PTR build slashes the price of the blue-quality 2-minute cooldown Medallion of the Alliance/Horde, from nearly 17K on the live realms to 8K. Since my mage has 5K honor that's going to expire with the expansion anyway, I could obtain the trinket in exchange for grinding out 3K honor sometime between now and Nov 12th. Still, overall, this was a big PR debacle for Blizzard.

2 comments:

SmokyBG said...

Actually, the 2 min blue trinket has been at 8K honor for quite a while, since they released the 40K purple one I think...

Green Armadillo said...

Ah, I must have been looking at a previous version on WoWhead.

My point was that my current honor is going away in a month and a half anyway, so it's basically a discount coupon at this point if I want to obtain something relatively cheap. I'm sure there will be a level 80 upgrade for the stats, but the actual trinket effect probably won't come down from 2 minutes. Of course, we've just seen how dangerous it is to make assumptions about what Blizzard will or won't do in the future...