Don't remove the only carrot-on-a-stick for many casual PvPers.
Lolol. There weren't any rating requirements for gear when arena was introduced (except for weapons). I remember forcing myself to do arena, because I still held out hope that the horrendous changes to PvP (no more titles, cross-realm) would be undone, and that it would still be useful to have PvP gear at that time. When rating requirements were introduced, I realized that there really is no reason to have that gear, and I quit torturing myself by doing arena.
01/18/2013 09:43 AMEven in the realm of WoW, do LFR raiders deserve the same gear as heroic raiders simply because they pay the same subscription fee?
Posted by Psyops
The gear differences in raiding are a bit different. Upgrading gear gets you into "harder" dungeons. Whereas in arena, the myth has always been that it's about skill; if everyone has access to the same gear, then that myth would be closer to reality (it wouldn't be reality because arena would remain a rock-paper-scissors game).
As it stands, arena players who have the top gear from the previous season get high ratings early in a new season, which allows them to get the best gear before anyone else can get it, which prevents other players from getting higher ratings, therefore blocking them from getting better gear... and so on. It's a vicious circle. Bravo, Blizzard, for finally undoing a bad decision. Too bad arena still won't be fun.