Arenas will die off if there is no reason to be there and nothing left to strive for.
I don't agree that the best gear should be given to the general public; That's what the honor and non-elite conquest gear is for, isn't it? With no intentions of offending our beloved company, it would only be honest to say that Blizzard hasn't really been known for being a very fair company when it comes to the PvP version (and various other things) in this game; They might consider giving the same gear to all players fair, but it's not, i'd actually even say it's completely the contrary.
All there is to say about this topic is if we are all special then soon no one will be special.
I understand what Blizzard is trying to get at, they want skills to determine the outcome of a fight rather than gear, and they also want to keep the majority of the game,the casuals, from protesting about how unfair it is that they can't get gear just because they lack the skill. However, regular players CAN get gear, just not the elite version of it. Does the re-skinned version of the regular conquest sets really count as a reward for us hardcore Arena or RBG players who actually work hard (somewhat) for our ratings and achievements?
PvE now has three different sets for the same tier: raid-finder (casuals), normal raid (average), heroic (hardcore), yet, it's considered unfair to have different sets for PvP conquest gear but not PvE? If all there really is to receive from PvP is the same titles and shiny new mounts from every on-going season, what else is there for the rest of the playerbase to look forward to other than a T2 wep with a few extra stats and
a differently skinned conquest set? Not only that, but our usual PvP season tabards have also been taken out of the game after Cataclysm hit; now we have even less to look forward to.
You get previous season's gear for Honor, this is like rewarding top tier raid gear for completing the old raids, which is fine, but, for years, wearing the latest season gear has proven (Kind of) that you're a skilled PvPer. However, now anyone with an excessive amount of time, and with no skill requirement at all, can now just conquest cap through arenas, RBGs and now random BGs, with the use of absolutely no skills at all, and still receive exactly the same gear and stats that any player with true skills would?
It's understandable for Blizzard to do what the casuals want and leave the minority without a thought, after all... It gets them the most subscribers; which at the end of the day is all that truly matters.
Okay, I'm done QQing for now; Please feel free to comment on how much you agree or disagree with me!