Well, Arena Season 4 done started, and there's a lotta feelings and opinions about how this done impacts everything else. Some I agrees with, some I don't, but that's how the world be. Mostly, I's feeling respects fer thems what took the time to present informed arguments. Yeah, that's all fine and non-controversial and all, Ratter, but what do you think? I so glad you asked.
I think Wrath of the Itch King got delayed too much.
Wait, huh? Yer gears is slipping, there, ya dumb orc! What that got to do with PvP?
I explain you. Way back when, like a year ago, Blizz was talking about an expansion every year. And, fer a while, that kinda seemed believable. And so, the way I figures it, the folks running the arena system was doing they's planning on the thinking that there'd be two seasons, maybe three. And they wanted ta make sure what PvP gear were the best fer PvP, so's high-end raider guilds couldn't just show up and dominate. So, making Season 2 gear significantly better than Season 1 gear made some sense at the time. And then Season 3 came, and that hadda be a lot better than S2, 'cause there were precedent, and then there hadda be a way to get more PvP gear inta the hands of Arena newcomers, so they didn't get slaughtered and say Screw this and quit. If that'd happened, then Arenas woulda been just a niche, and that weren't wanted. So S1 gear were made available through the BG grind.
Now, PvP gear and tanking gear has a lot in common. Lots of Stamina, lots of armor, lots of protection from crits. And a few S1 pieces were as good as anything fer pre-Kara gear. Is why I first started dabbling in BGs, so's I could get me hands on that shield.
But now, S4 is here, with roughly the same bump up from S3 as with previous seasons. And the same arguments fer making S2 gear a battleground reward applies. But now, fer tanking at least, we's seeing PvP gear as being well better than any other gear obtainable pre-Kara. If this is a bad thing or a good thing or a yeah whatever thing depends a lot on who you is and what sorta adventuring you does. But I'd say is definitely a strange thing. And I's pretty sure is not how things were supposed ta turn out, back when the Arenas were set up.
And I think is all the Itch King's fault.