PvP is strictly about skill based matches. Every time a season starts the people who devote hours every single day are the only ones who can gear up for rated matches in time.
Honor gear should be much cheaper and easier to get, or at least there should be more honor given for winning and losing matches. Rated matches are where the skill comes into play and there's a cap on the amount of points you can get /week so even if you play all day you can't buy everything right away.
Then, by the time you get the honor gear, just to be able to survive in arena, you've already been out geared by the people who have been in there with their "headstart."
It just seems like a really dumb way to set up PvP. It's one of the biggest grinds in game.