I appreciate the fix, and this will help people who are under 239. But in a general sense, this is like putting a bandaid on a severed arm.
This priest is the same ilvl as me. (For the record, if you look at my armory, I’m like ilvl249. Almost normal raid level) But, he’s wearing PvP gear, so he gained like 20 extra ilvls I can’t see. As such, he gained 14k health on me. He essentially has 25% more health than I could ever have**, because I don’t have PvP gear and to be honest, fights like the one I just had make me want to never touch max level PvP again, and it’s why I haven’t done max level PvP. It’s not fun.
**By can’t ever have, I mean this single solo shuffle made me lose all interest in PvP again. Any interest Solo Shuffle brought back instantly went away. All 5 of the others had full PvP gear. I was the only target. The ONLY target. I died all 6 times, even with the healers doing their best to keep me alive and me using as many cooldowns as I could.
Also, for the record, I’m not even joking when I say I couldn’t hurt the rogue. He used Fleshcraft, and I was on him with a FULL ROTATION and fleshcraft never broke. He wasn’t being healed, anything. I simply could not break his shield, because he had so much versatility. (at least I’m assuming that was the reason) I was able to hurt the other hunter, but not the rogue, no matter what I did, that rogue did not take damage. Not even from a Double Tap aimed shot.
This is an issue that is present not only in Solo Shuffle, but Random Battlegrounds as well, and it’s been vocally expressed by the people trying to get into PvP as well as the people who casually PvP that it is a problem, and I know this because I tried to get pvp gear on one toon in 9.0, and every. single. battleground. had multiple people complaining that they were unable to do anything to the people in PvP gear and were being 1-2 shot.
Do not get me wrong. I think PvP gear is important for rated PvP such as Arena and Rated Battlegrounds. But it creates a gear disparity in casual PvP that is meant to be a way for us to get INTO rated PvP.
What this is doing is essentially if you tuned a m0 dungeon to require gear from M+15s to not want to pull your hair out.
Again, I am in no way saying this should affect Rated PvP in any way, shape or form, or world PvP. This is STRICTLY talking about Random BGs and Brawls, ESPECIALLY Solo Shuffle.
But something has to be done, or PvP is going to die out. I don’t have to tell you that the amount of PvPers goes down and down each expansion - it’s literally a complaint the PvPers make constantly. And part of that, I have 100% certainty is because the Rated PvP people doing casual PvP is making the avenue to get PvP EXTREMELY unfriendly and unfun to people without the PvP gear.
Either separate the queues based on ilvl, and prevent people from changing gear other than weapon and trinkets after entering (so if they take off their PvP gear, they can’t put it back on to cheese the queue), or find some other solution. Because as it stands, this is insanely unfun and will do nothing but chase away the people who might get into PvP.
I know I will have pushback from the PvP community on this opinion, but they need to understand their complaints that PvPers are disappearing are because of the fact they “enjoy” ganking people in random bgs with no PvP gear. You literally chase away potential PvPers by making the casual PvP an unfun experience.
And just because someone will still think it - I am in no way referring to rated PvP or World PvP. If you want to do Rated PvP without PvP gear - you know what you are signing up for. But for Random BGs and Brawls - the literal avenue for gaining PvP gear, no.
Obviously this is just my thoughts, I don’t speak for everyone in the least. But for me, I doubt I’ll touch max level PvP if it remains how it is.