So, considering 5.1 is being released for the US today, and EU tomorrow, I wanted to make a thread and hear everyone else's opinions on the system - if they feel like it's a good idea, and the implemention that's being used.
Now, here's the thing - I have two alts and my main, all are done using VP points. My DK tank, who hasn't done any raiding at all (bar standing in on stone guards HC and Emperors HC due to setup issues, and got the stone guards neck/belt), finished this week, and has been left with 500 valor points.
My Resto druid and Hunter both raids, and have gotten alot more loot from raiding, and are thus both capped (as of this week) at 3K points.
What I don't like about this system, is the fact that our VP caps at 3K points. This means that when we reach the cap, we are "forced" to pick an item to upgrade, in order to not lose any potential VP's from our caps.
For my hunter, this is allright - I have 4 BiS items (ring, belt, trinket, bracers) on it already. None of the items will be something I regret upgrading...
Except our VP caps at 1K every week, which means that it would take 23 weeks to gain enough VP to upgrade every item.
Obviously, we're not gonna sit in this tier for another 5 and a half months, which means we have to prioritise -
You're not going to want to upgrade your boots, gloves, belt or the likes, as the stat increases they give compared to legs, chest, trinkets and weapons are far smaller.
This means that my hunter all of a sudden only has one "viable" upgrade if I don't want to lose potential, it's trinket. After that, I have to pick a sub-optimal item to upgrade, unless I get a BiS item with max stat outputs next reset.
If we're only getting 1K vp a week, I really feel that we should have the cap increased, so we don't feel "forced" to upgrade items that we will regret later, as we can't upgrade everything.
For my druid and DK, all of a sudden, new VP items are introduced - some of which are just minor upgrades of "old" items that I already bought (case and point - http://www.wowhead.com/item=89080 vs http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=93255 ) - it's the exact same items, with a +7 item level slapped on top. Thats not just lazy, but also majorly disrespectful to people who spent two resets worth of valor points buying the "lesser" item, because they had a blue trinket and the upgrade was obviously huge, along with all the hush hush about the release date of the patch (no knowing if it'd be this week or in a month.
Now the choise comes down to either paying full price + 1.5K to upgrade the NEW trinket to the best potential, or paying 1.5K to lose 7 item levels in the end. It's frustrating, really. Atleast some of the items are different (EG, agility trinket provides crit instead of haste as the shado-pan one does).
So end of, I like the idea about being able to upgrade my BiS items to make them even stronger by using VP I wouldn't otherwise have use of. As a "perfectionist", I don't like that I'm forced to pick an item to upgrade every 2 weeks, or feel like I'm losing out. What if I run out of heroic-level items to upgrade? Ill literally exchange the upgraded item as soon as it's heroic counterpart drops. My alts choises all of a sudden got impossible - even if I assume I won't get heroic items on my DK or Druid, and work off of that, should I then spend tons of VP on the slight upgrades this new faction introduces? Why can't I just save my VP up for upgrading items I want to upgrade when they finally drop?