PvP Season 9 Ending Soon

Well, looks like it’s time to get ready to gear up for PvP again. From a recent Warcraft blog post:

Arena and Rated Battleground Season 9 is scheduled to end as early as June 21. …

At the end of the season, Conquest Points will be converted to Honor Points, possibly exceeding the 4,000 point Honor cap. … (A)ny Honor accrued above the 4,000-point cap will be converted into gold at a rate of 35 silver per point.

All Season 9 items will cost Honor Points (equivalent to their previous Conquest Point cost) when the season ends. … Season 10 rewards will be made available for purchase with Conquest Points awarded during the new season.

This is the first time we’ll go through the point conversion Blizzard described at the start of Cataclysm, and the process will be very similar between PvP and PvE gear. Come the end of this month:

  • All Conquest Points will be changed to Honor Points. If this brings you over the Honor Point cap of 4000, you’ll get some gold back, but you won’t be able to break the cap.
  • Conquest Points will get you new shiny Season 10 gear from the Conquest Quartermasters.
  • Honor Points will buy you Vicious gear from the Honor Quartermasters.
  • Crafters will be able to make Bloodthirsty-level gear, as well as the current ilvl 339 blue gear.

If you are competing only in normal battlegrounds, this means you will now be working to upgrade your kit to full Vicious, including the Vicious weapons. Current builds on the PTR have these purchasable with Honor Points, which has never happened before with arena weapons. Take advantage of this and upgrade your weapons as soon as possible. (Edit: You will have to earn a certain amount of CP/HP before you can purchase them – they can’t be your first purchase.)

PREPARING FOR SEASON 10

At this point, there’s not a lot you can do to stockpile points to make this into a hugely profitable endeavor. You can cap out Honor Points and get some money from your Conquest Points, but it’s not really the most profitable use of your time – you’d make waaaay more money fishing up Volatile Fire than trying to make huge sums off your stash of Conquest Points. Remember, you can’t grind Conquest Points due to their weekly cap. So if you have a stockpile, great, but if not, don’t sweat it.

What you can do, however, is have a stockpile of Honor Points ready to go for two reasons.

First, you will want to complete your Vicious Gladiator’s set quickly. If you have not completed your Vicious set, you’ll be able to do that with Honor points. Having capped your Honor now will give you a leg up on the competition then.

Second, you will want 3000 Honor Points to get the PvP helm and shoulder enchants. Once you start getting new Conquest gear, you’ll want to be able to enchant it quickly – but it’s entirely likely that we might get a new round of stronger enchants, so don’t go buying the Vicious ones just yet – unless you’re just totally out of things to buy with Honor, in which case, go ahead and stockpile these. :-)

I haven’t seen any indication of new enchants on the PTR yet, but given the names I’m being conservative here; if someone has knowledge about them, I’d love to know more!

MORE TO COME

There are some interesting changes coming on the PTR to how we purchase gear, but we’re still far enough out that I don’t want to comment on them too much yet. It looks like you’ll need to earn a certain amount of Honor and Conquest points before purchasing weapons, which will change gearing strategies and delaying their acquisition until later in the season.

We’ll see what this all looks like when it gets to live. Stay tuned.

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11 responses to “PvP Season 9 Ending Soon

  1. Don’t forget you can also get the enchants with Tol Barad tokens if you’ve been grinding the dailies.

    • Ugh, TB dailies. I salute you if you’re still running them, and they’re definitely an option, but… Oi. I can’t do them anymore.

      But you’re right, they’re an option! I’d just rather grind BGs for a while. :-)

  2. Nina

    The latest PTR patch is tagged ‘release candidate’, so I wouldn’t count on a lot of new things being added to it.

  3. Jaggar - Sentinals US

    Thanks for the heads up Cyn….I will start saving my honor points

  4. Since you keep updated with pvp changes more than I seem to do… what’s going on with the conquest points cap in 4.2? Is it being changed somehow that you can only get so many out of your weekly 100% from arenas and HAVE to do the rest through rated BGs? Heard something like that…

    • Yes, that’s right. Only 2/3rds of your CP can come from Arenas, and the rest have to come from rBGs. It’s a hugely controversial move, and I am going to give it its own separate post.

  5. Iskande

    You cannot buy your weapons immediately. You have to earn an initial amount of Honor or conquest points which will take several weeks of capping points to earn before you are allowed to buy the weapons.

    • I don’t think I was clear about this point in my original post. I mentioned it at the bottom, but “upgrade your weapons first” sounds wrong. I should have said “upgrade your weapons as soon as you can.” I’ve updated the post to clarify.

      Thanks for the comment!

  6. If I’m reading this correctly, if you haven’t gotten your conquest (vicious) weapons do so now (as in this week) because you won’t be able to get them right away after the season ends without grinding heaps of honour. Otherwise you’ll have to wait a week and then cap for a few months to get the points for S10 weapons.

    Am I right?

    • You are correct. The Vicious weapons should really be most people’s first purchases anyways, but if you haven’t gotten them yet – get them now.

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