Legion PVP gear explained in latest dev blog
Despite the major changes incoming, PVP seems to be flying under the radar in the Legion beta, but that seems to always be the case. Regardless, developer Brian Holinka published a Dev Watercooler dedicated to PVP today — gearing for PVP, to be specific.
The Dev Watercooler starts with a general recap of how gear has historically worked in PVP, running through Versatility, PVP Power, and the endless battle of item levels. The developers want the gearing process to stick around in PVP to maintain the feeling of character progression — but abiding by the PVE standards of item levels threw PVP for a loop. Instead, in Legion, item level will be considered differently in PVP than PVE. As Holinka explains:
However, with this change comes a decidedly more PVE method of gearing. Legion PVP gear will no longer come from currencies and vendors. Instead, PVPers get their very own dose of gearing RNG.
In Legion, when players win a Battleground, Skirmish, Arena, or Rated Battleground, they have a chance to receive a piece of gear directly. Furthermore, your first few victories per week in each rated bracket will reward a guaranteed piece of gear, which has its item level increased based on your rating in the bracket. For both systems, gear works like it does in the rest of Legion. Any time you are awarded gear, it has a chance to have its item level increased further.
For the full rundown, head over to the watercooler. For you PVPers out there, this is one you shouldn’t miss.
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