Personally i've come to agree with the people who say to just start out with honor gear, if you want to gear up passed that? rated bg's and arena is for you.
Im not saying this because i just want easy epics. As it stands currently, i can run in and do a AV on its holiday weekend and have almost 2 characters fully honor geared. Honor gear is easy to get. My dislike for this system is what i previously said... the bots. people who just go in there and do nothing and don't care if they win or lose, they just want the honor points... What would be the point of people doing this anymore if their gear is already secured?
But i still think some sort of grind should be involved or whats the motivation for people to do battlegrounds. I would say put in a grind system that rewards for actually participating and coordinating.. In turn you would actually get people who are there to succeed. well... hopefully...
Give medals or something for performing certain actions in battlegrounds. Do it enough over time you get rewarded for it.
Defending a cap 2000 times or what not.. good job! heres some transmog gear that looks heavily damaged.
Killed a flag killer <random number of times> ... great! heres something that makes it when you crit someone they have a bleeding animation.
can really have alot of rewards for different aspects of actually participating in the battleground...
heal or dps alot near the flag carrier, do a ridiculous amount of healing or damage in a certain area of the map, it really can be endless. As the same with what you can be rewarded with..
transmog gear, pets, mounts, titles, maybe even offer some rewards that will change how some of your spells or swings in how they look.. change the color, change the animation. I'm sure there's many other ideas that people can come up with.
Personally i enjoy pvp. Im not a hardcore pvper or very casual. I dont join battlegrounds to farm gear, i join for the challenge and want to have fun. Be it im grouped or queing alone.. winning or get ripped apart.. its still fun...
My little rant.. im just annoyed with those who are in battlegrounds to get honor with the least amount of participation possible. bots, honor soakers, afkers, the ones who sit on noob hill, the ones who for some make battlegrounds lame.