Blizzard announced changes to PvP in patch 9.1.5, including gear changes, titles, and the addition of a group finder. The announcement was met with mixed reactions from the community, but it appears that there are some benefits for players who have been waiting for these changes.
The wow 9.1.5 patch notes is a post that covers the changes in Patch 9.1.5 for World of Warcraft, including gear changes, titles and group finder.
Many PvP-related changes are planned in Patch 9.1.5, including adjustments to PvP item levels, titles, and group finding enhancements. We express our ideas and feelings on the developments.
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9.1.5 Changes in PvP Gear
In 9.1.5, we’ll see a significant increase in the item level of PvP gear while in PvP!
For unrated (Honor) PvP gear, this is a huge boost. This will allow new characters, alts, and those who are catching up to compete on an even playing field.
Level of Items for Honor Gear have been updated.
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As can be seen, the beginning gear receives a higher item level increase than its improved counterparts:
- The difference between 177 and 213 is 36 item levels.
- There are 32 item levels between 184 and 216.
- There are 30 item levels between 190 and 220.
- The difference between 197 and 223 is 26 item levels.
- There are 23 item levels between 203 and 226.
- The difference between 210 and 229 is 19 item levels.
- There are 17 item levels between 216 and 233.
The fact that the gear scaling starts out strong and then fades suggests that Blizzard is attempting to reduce the gear discrepancy between undergeared and overgeared players in PvP.
What does all of this imply?
The net consequences of this modification imply that the power increase you receive from PvP with Honor gear is considerably greater, particularly with low level Honor gear. As a consequence, players with Honor gear will be at a lower disadvantage versus fully equipped opponents than they were before. This is without a doubt one of the most difficult aspects of gearing a new character. It’s a fantastic solution, but it’s not without flaws.
The main two problems I have with Honor gear are the fact that the cost of upgrading the gear goes up as the item level rises, meaning that even the most committed players will have to farm for months to acquire a complete set of fully upgraded Honor gear. The second is that improvements are only available if you have enough Renown. This is daunting for a fresh character with no gear and a long Renown grind ahead of them. Changing Covenants will no longer reset your Renown in 9.1.5, so you’ll only have to do this portion of the grind once per character if you wish to try another Covenant.
Honor Equipment Costs Have Been Reduced
We got some extremely timely and good news while I was writing this post!
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The cost of upgrading Unrated gear with Honor has been lowered by around 25%, while the cost of upgrading Rated gear with Conquest has been modified to distribute throughout the new levels.
To clarify some of the wording in this post, upgrading Rated gear does not cost Conquest (it costs Honor), so we can assume that while there are new ranks of gear, the Honor cost for fully upgrading the piece will be spread across the new ranks and the upgrade costs have been reduced by 25%, providing some much-needed relief from the long Honor grind. Blizzard, thank you very much!
My suggestion to players that are still gearing, particularly those who do not have Renown, is to complement your PvP set with gear from other sources. This is annoying for me as a PvP-only player, but when I consider how past expansions handled gear, I’m glad we at least have agency and a deterministic method to acquire our finest pieces, even if the grind is a little longer.
We can see that with Honor gear, we can now reach a PvP Item level of 233. This makes it comparable to Korthian Gear, the new Mor’geth World Boss gear, regular Sanctum of Domination gear, and end-of-the-run Mythic + gear, as well as Season 1’s Conquest gear. This, in my view, is an excellent balance. Honor gear should be about equal to or stronger than everything up to Heroic Raid gear. You’ll have to enter rated PvP if you want gear that will outperform Heroic and Mythic Raid gear, which, due to 9.1 enhancements, means Conquest gear is best-in-slot in PvP.
Here’s how it stacks up:
Gear for Conquest
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Conquest gear offers a constant +13 item level increase in PvP, indicating that the power disparity has decreased. This increases the strength of your basic Conquest piece to that of a fully upgraded Honor piece! There is one more point of annoyance I’d want to bring out in regards to random stuff from the Great Vault, namely the weapon.
For most specialties, the weapon offers a massive power boost. It not only provides a massive power boost, but it also consumes the most resources of any component. If you get a lucky Conquest weapon from your Vault, you won’t have to spend weeks of Conquest points and a full Honor cap to improve it, which is very unfair to those who weren’t so fortunate. It’s worth at least two or three pieces of equipment.
Unfortunately, there is no positive news to report. In future seasons, I’d like to see either the weapon eliminated as a possible Vault prize or the weapon cost substantially lowered to help balance out the discrepancy.
Bind on Account Cache and Conquest Point Buff
As of 7:00 a.m. PDT, there is no news. The number of Conquest points earned has been raised by 70% as of Tuesday, September 28!
The amount of conquest given by all actions has been raised by 70%.
This is a substantial improvement in quality of life, particularly for those who begin late in the season. As previously said, there is still a significant Honor grind, so speeding up the Conquest catch-up is a nice improvement. This is also great news for those who earned their Conquest via limited events like the Daily Battleground! Rated Battlegrounds are one of the quickest methods to get Conquest, so if you need to catch up on points, that’s what I suggest.
For players ranked 1600 and above, a Bind on Account Conquest cache called Unchained Equipment Chest will be accessible.
Unchained Equipment Chest for Conquest, which provides 1 piece of unranked PvP gear at item level 220. A character with a 1600 or above rating in any PvP category may buy the chest.
If you have a geared character with extra Conquest points to spend, this will come in handy since you may send it to your other characters. When you open it, you’ll get a random piece of unranked Conquest gear that you may upgrade with Honor to higher ranks if your rating permits it. If Blizzard leaves this option open at the start of a new season, we might see people dumping all of their alts’ stuff into their main to rapidly level them up. Hopefully, it will be fixed before it becomes a problem.
Changes to the Group Finder and New Player-vs-Player (PvP) Games
9.1.5 introduces new PvP titles, as well as the ability to specify rating criteria as a parameter in Group Finder. To combat advertising spam, Blizzard is also mandating the usage of an Authenticator.
New PvP Titles
These improvements, taken combined, should give the PvP community a fresh lease of life. Because the only measure provided previously (without addons) was item level, which is almost worthless for judging a player’s ability, having various levels of gear unlocked with the appropriate titles should give some complexity and variety to the Group Finder. Furthermore, Group Finder will enable you to search for groups while also hosting your own, allowing your listing to get visibility as you search the pool of gamers for prospective teammates. These are positive improvements, and I’m excited to see how they pan out! Wowhead Premium is available for purchase. For as little as $1 a month, you can enjoy an ad-free experience, get access to premium services, and help support the site! Fanbyte 2021
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