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NOTICE: I was completely wrong in this post. See Edit 2 at the bottom for details.

I'm a casual PvPer, and I've been doing Battlegrounds from time to time to upgrade my crappier gear to sweet, sweet Season 1, Vindicator's, and other assorted Honor-buyable gear.

However, once Season 4 starts, Blizz is making some changes that will require Arena ratings for some of that gear.

According to MMO-Champion, Blizzard will be giving the Boots, Rings, and Bracers an Arena Rating requirement. So, go get those now before it's too late, if you don't do Arenas like me.

The Belts, Necklaces, and Trinkets won't have an arena rating, so if you're thinking about buying one of those, it's a good idea to hold off and spend your honor points on the items listed in the previous paragraph.

I've been saving up to replace my green-quality belt for a while now (I've been busy, and broke) but I've decided to replace my boots (the second item on my list due for replacement) instead.

Just thought I'd throw that warning out there. I have no idea when Season 4 will start, but I doubt it'll be this Tuesday, so I think we have at least a week to get what we need.

EDIT: There's some confusion about whether or not the current Vindicator's gear is being replaced on the vendors with the new Guardian's gear. If it's not, you can pretty much ignore this post. I was under the impression that it was.

EDIT 2: Bah, I was totally wrong. They're not removing the Season 3 honor-bought gear (aka Vindicator's) after all. So, my new advice: don't buy a Belt, Neck, or Trinket until Season 4. Unless you want to. I'm writing this as someone who doesn't get a lot of time to PvP anyway (and quickly tires of it when I do), so I will definitely be waiting to replace my gear.

Tensas said...

Mon May 05, 01:34:00 PM 2008

I think you got it wrong. They mentioned the Season 4 items needing an arena rating (Guardian's gear). Also, Blizzard said they would announce Season 4 two weeks before it starts.

Delos (Dave) said...

Mon May 05, 01:40:00 PM 2008

Great suggestions. I need to get some of those for my undergeared mage so I'm not perpetually behind the curve. Thanks for the tip! (Also, posted about it here)

Bevans said...

Mon May 05, 04:22:00 PM 2008

This is what MMO Champion said. Maybe they're wrong.

"In addition, some of the Season 4 quality items that will be purchasable with honor will also carry a personal and team arena rating requirement:
Boots: 1700
Ring: 1650
Bracers: 1575
Belt: none
Necklace: none
Trinket: none"

Tensas said...

Mon May 05, 07:01:00 PM 2008

I think you are misreading them a little bit. They are saying "Season 4". Vindicator's is not Season 4. Guardian's is Season 4. So, Vindicator's will stay without an arena requirement. Doesn't hurt to go ahead and get the Boots/Ring/Bracers now (unless they drop the amount of honor they cost).

Bevans said...

Mon May 05, 08:03:00 PM 2008

Hmm... I was under the impression that they were getting rid of the Vindicator's stuff and replacing it with the Guardian's stuff. If that's not the case, then there's naturally no reason to hurry at the moment. Either way, I've updated the original post to point this out.

Blizzard needs to be clearer on this kind of thing. :)

Delos (Dave) said...

Tue May 06, 08:41:00 AM 2008

I was also under the impression that it was going away. It's definitely not. See this series of blue posts.

Bevans said...

Tue May 06, 04:29:00 PM 2008

Ooo, thanks for the info! I've updated the post again so I don't spread false information.

Tensas said...

Wed May 07, 06:05:00 AM 2008

One last comment. The Veteran's gear will be gone once Season 4 starts. If you are interested in have 2 pvp rings without arena rating requirements, you need to buy your Veteran's Band before Season 4 starts. You need to do this because the Vindicator's Band is unique.