We almost missed this major revelation on our sister site WoW Insider
-- we might not have caught it if Eurogamer
hadn't. Deep within WoW Insider's excellent liveblog
of the World of Warcraft
PvP panel at Blizzcon
, you'll find that Blizzard
reps let slip that players will soon be able to earn experience points in addition to honor in PvP.
That's already possible in WoW
's new competitor Warhammer Online
, in which it is essentially just as viable to level up to the cap in PvP as it is in PvE. The WoW
devs are likely responding to the competition, knowing that they might lose big fans of PvP to WAR
. In that vein, they're also ensuring that daily PvP quests are available from levels 10 - 80.
It's hard not to look at this as a good change. The only argument against it we can think of is that if a player levels from 10 - 80 entirely in the battlegrounds, he or she will not have the necessary experience to run instances and raids at later levels if a change of course is desired. But that seems like a fairly minor criticism of a long-needed addition to the game.