Legion PvP Preview has gone live on the official Battle.net site
and boy are there some changes!
Honor and Conquest currencies are gone as you now earn Honor Points to increase your Honor Level; granting access to more of the PvP talents, as well as Gold and Artifact Power.
In PvP you will use a stat template for your class and spec, all of your gear is nullified other than you Artifact weapon.
Your average item level increases your stat template by a percentage, a 25 item level difference between two players results in a 2.5% difference in stats. Stat templates will allow for better tuning to balance gear and skills for PvP and PvE independently.
You will earn gear from completing battlegrounds and arenas, with quality based on your rating for rated matches. Strongboxes will be kept in Legion however, it is unknown if they will work the way they do in the current expansion. There is no PvP specific gear, so the best players in both PvP and PvE content will be able to earn the best gear.
There will be shorter and more frequent PvP seasons and the end-of-season PvP awards are given separately to the top percentages of players in each faction (Horde and Alliance), instead of in relation to the overall player base.
Resetting your Honor Level once you reach the cap gives you a Prestige Level. Prestige Levels gives you a badge on your nameplate, unit frames, and scoreboards, as well as a title, wearable faction pennant, Artifact skin, a mount, and pet.
Two new arena maps are being added and perhaps another battleground.
Once you've reached Honor Level 50, you'll have a tough choice to make. You'll be given the option to Prestige, which will reset your Honor Level back to 1, and once again restricting access to higher-level Honor Talents. However, in return, you'll increase your Prestige Level, which grants access to a number of other rewards.
There's one more exciting addition we’d like to share today: Legion is bringing two brand-new maps to the Arena. Located in the fortress of Black Rook Hold, this arena features a large statue in the center, as well as three alcoves to the sides. Access to those alcoves is restricted by a series of gates, which will open and close randomly as the match continues. When the gates are closed, you can use them to hide out of line of sight of your opponents… just be prepared for them to open again moments later!
Also in development is another arena located in the forests of Val’sharah. When you first enter this arena, you’ll be encased in a dome of vines. When the match starts, those vines will retreat, leaving the starting area exposed to the rest of the arena. In the center, you’ll find three statues, which can be used to break line of sight. However, those statues are located very close to each other, so you’ll need to keep moving if you want to play defensively.
With Legion still under heavy development there is no telling what changes may be in store for PvP. The changes that have been revealed should make for easier transitions into PvP for new players as well as less gear dependency at higher levels of Rated PvP.