We do feel this change is necessary to keep the time investment vs. high-quality item accumulation in check, even if it doesn't read well on paper. However, as always, your constructive feedback is welcomed. :)
Frankly talking i wanted to tell you that for me this thing of rated bgs is annoying.
Reasons and relative explanations.
1-Not all of us like doing rated bgs.
2-Not all of us are teen-agers ( no offence ) and so we lack of a lot of their playtime.
3-You saying that in WOTLK ( at leats is that what i undertsand from "And there is no longer a requirement to “grind” unrated BGs for Honor each season, so the real time investment isn't changing as much as some players are perceiving it to be.") we had to grind a lot of honor, but that's not really like that and we are tlaking about arena points here arent we?
4-I have to feel obligated to do rated bgs now.
1- Rated bgs are extremely boring since when you cant PUG them in every server, they are after all the same as normal bgs and they take a looot of time in case of loss. Not all of us ar e in pvp only guilds and since you must invite all the raid members to enter in a rated bg; whic a lot of people simply DON'T want to do them or just are bad players that wanna only "grind" the points the result is that they obviously fail on the firts one making the group disband and gg.
2-Ok 1 hour for arenas for you is too short for getting equipments. Now i will have to spend 2/4 of my playtime to get conquest points and i won't have much time left to have fun in normal battlegrounds and trying to progress in arena ( whic i already gave up on sinc ethe nerf on cats) or doing some pve.
3-Now i was there in WOTLK and i did pvp all day. You really felt that the honor grind was slower? I felt it going like a flow and i could buy 2 pieces of gear per day or more.
4- If you tell me "you are not obligated to do them none in world of warcraft is forced to do anything" well... i feel it like a false in part thing. After all you are forced to do it or you will "sucks". Is like when the devs nerfed the pally retri and made prot pvp impossible. That's actually impossible to don't feel obligated to spec holy. And now we will be forced to get raged in fail rated bgs with a ton of people that NEED to do the points to ocntinue doing arenas. I feel like the next step is deleting arenas and force us all to do rated bgs.
IMHO you guys made the biggest fail when you made rated bgs accessible only to premades. And now you are making another one.
I hope i was polite ( my english is not perfect so i don't know if i misworded something) and i would like a reply to see your point.