" While the LFR gear from a new tier will continue to be slightly better than the normal difficulty items from the previous tier, we’ll structure the power level of future tiers’ LFR loot so that it doesn’t replace Heroic gear from the previous raid, and we’re continuing to discuss other solutions internally to limit the pressure for competitive raiders to run LFR."
Urgh. Guess that answers my question. Guess the new LFR will be 502 then.
The current paradigm is 3 difficulty levels of gear (LFR, normal, heroic) per tier. 13ilvls between difficulties and 19ilvls between tiers. Sometimes there's a gear step up within a tier (e.g. MV to HoF or Regail Elite or deathwing in DS), then 6/7 ilvls seems to be rule.
Therefore, as other have said, we can expect 502 LFR, 515 normal and 528 heroic. Accordingly, 5.2LFR would not be an upgrade over any 5.0 heroic item (but equal with MV heroic ilvl).
There would even be leeway to have a gear step-up within 5.2: e.g. the latter parts of the raid drop +7ilvl gear. Then 5.4 LFR would probably start at 502+7+19=528ilvl, which again would make it equal to but not better than the worst 5.2 heroic ilvl.
While my 16/16N cleared on a casual ish schedule semi-casual butt does take some offence that LFR (where 1/4 the raid is afk it seems, or they actually are and are botting (yes, they exist)...) will drop better loot than N T14, between item upgrading things before 5.2 like N weapons/ 496 5.1 VP items/tier or getting more heroics down closer to T15 release, I think this is reasonable or OK. If they made LFR either harder and kept the +19 model or kept it at the current difficulty level and made it +13 (personal preference is +10) I think it would be better. Not making LFR T15 better than T14 N would also encourage people who get 480-485 ilvl after 5.2 releases to run N T14 and see more of the fight mechanics, etc.
Of course, if it's 502 and my main still has non 496 pieces and my alt still has some 476's/blue offhand, it will be good for filling those last annoying spots of gear, or alt catchup. I don't like the idea of doing all T15 LFR 2x/week but I already did that for a while with T14 so I guess it's not that big a deal. However, if LFR gear is 502, that will mean that Heroic raiders will likely run it for new set bonuses and offspec loot, regardless of Blizzard's intentions.
Originally Posted by Nemah
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― Karl Lagerfeld
Not making LFR T15 better than T14 N would also encourage people who get 480-485 ilvl after 5.2 releases to run N T14 and see more of the fight mechanics, etc.
This wouldnt encourage anyone cause normal raiding guilds will have their hands full with 5.2 raiding content and total causals who are stuck on 4/16 boss now in normal wont clear it even with 510 itlv to outgear it -_- And for the love of God pls dont answear me with staged progression that guilds will still progress 5.1 raids in 5.2 - they wont they would rather wipe on 1-2 5.2 bosses then progress last tier .