The 3.3.3 Honor Economy

Well, this next patch is shaping up to be a doozy on the PTRs for battleground players.

The biggest news is the turn-in ratio of Battleground Marks of Honor: 2000 honor for 1 Mark. Yes, you read that right: 2k for 1 Mark. This is 9 times as effective as the current Wintergrasp honor system, and 8 times as effective as the Mark turn-in quests.

That’s right — all those Marks that are worth 248 potential honor on the live servers are a lot more valuable on the PTR. Stop turning them in now.

The only advantage to Wintergrasp Marks is that they are Bind to Account, allowing you to send them to your lower level alts. So you pay a premium for their transferabillty.

Holy moly. I’m practically speechless about how much potential honor this represents.

Actually, I’m not speechless. Six battlegrounds with a maximum of 100 Marks each with a value of 2000 honor equals 1.2 million honor points.

Say that again with me: 1.2 miiiiiillion honor points.

The best part? It doesn’t count against the honor cap.

Obviously, the situation on the PTR is evolving rapidly. Things are changing there almost every day. I have no way of knowing if this ratio will make it into the live servers.

But the fact that Blizzard was willing to even consider this means that there’s a chance it will happen.

If it does, be ready for it. Your gearing strategy should probably focus upon acquiring as many Marks of Honor as you can, as quickly as you can. Go for high-risk/high-reward strategies like the Blitz, 4 towers, 5 nodes. Do not be conservative – win and lose quickly and move on. This is counter to all previous wisdom, but let me repeat again:

You can have a bank of 1.2 million honor.

Not only will everyone have great PvP sets, but the epic gem market is about to crash.

This is going to be a hell of a weekend in the battlegrounds.


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8 responses to “The 3.3.3 Honor Economy

  1. I’ve been working on PVP for my mage to start a pvp set. I recently respecced her to arc from frost for pvp and I really enjoy it. I love my holy paladin and her pvp set is pretty decent but let’s face it…sometimes you just want to kill someone.

    Anyways, I hope the 2k honor conversion sticks, it will definitely help her out.

  2. Damn I wish I had read this before the weekend… Just spent it filling mark gaps and handing them in…. /sigh

  3. tacotaker

    and with 30 days before they die in the mailbox you can fill the hell out of that. very likely 3.3.3 will be out within 30 days.

  4. Amber

    Excuse me while I flail excitedly about being able to buy mounts with honor instead of badges. (We lose AV way more than we win it, so collecting those badges for my mount has been disgustingly painful…)

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  7. Jayden

    The 2K per mark on the PTR was only temporary. The patch will be about 220 honour per mark from memory.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but generally if something seems too good to be true… then it is.