Even Ethereals need a vacation, and the item upgraders (Voidbinders), are no exception. They’re saying they need to go home to take care of business arrangements, but … I’m not convinced. I think they’re just homesick for their ‘space mummy’ families.
Ok ok, fourth wall broken, we’re actually just temporarily removing them from the game for 5.2 due to the new raid tier. The idea with the item upgrade system is that it’s a way to spend currency on upgrading items when buying new items isn’t the clear path. Either you’ve bought everything, or at least most of them, and then spend currency to get that extra *oomph*. With a new raid tier coming, we don’t want to create a trap where people are wondering what’s more lucrative: spend currency on new items, or on the new gear appearing on vendors? (Hint: It’s the new gear on vendors.) To help ensure we’re not indirectly encouraging anyone to spend their currency somewhere they probably shouldn’t, the item upgraders will be taking a break.
Right now we’re planning for them to return in 5.3, which will not have a raid tier, and offer upgrades again as people will have likely have some currency to burn. We’re not sure yet if we’ll continue this cycle of having them take a break for raid patches and then come back in non-raid patches, but we’ll continue evaluating as we go, absorb feedback, and let you know how these plans evolve.
Unfair advantage in PvP.Reasoning
Right now it is extremely hard to break into rated bg's and get.. you're rating up... in order to... increase your conquest point cap... in order to... get more conquest points... in order to... buy more gear and more importantly to this discussion
upgrade current epics aka conquest epic gear
Turning off the ability to upgrade current conquest, without a doubt, gives current upgraded conquest players a clear and present advantage over others in PvP. ALL PVP.
5.0-5.1 PvP has not been appropriately balanced, as you clearly know and why you are doing large scale PvP related changes for 5.2
, with some classes clearly above others. As a result, you are supporting those players who took advantage of this class deficiency and unbalanced the numerical representations of the classes and specs.
To simplify, removing the upgrade option to PvP Gear is gesture of favoritism, whether intentional or not, the systematic result of this decision yields the same result.
Our game developers need to think of something else. They need to do better than this decision. They can do much better than THIS