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World of Warcraft is bringing back Valor points to make it easier to get endgame gear

World of Warcraft is bringing back Valor points to make it easier to get endgame gear

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has been pretty great so far, but if there’s one thing players seem to agree on it’s that getting endgame gear is kind of a slog—especially if you’re only focused on PvE activities like dungeons and raids. When we spoke to game director Ion Hazzikostas a few weeks ago for our feature on the state of World of Warcraft, he mentioned it was one of the biggest pieces of feedback Blizzard was looking to address. And, yesterday, Blizzard unveiled one of the ways it’s hoping to make endgame gear a little easier in the upcoming 9.0.5 update.

If you haven’t been keeping up with Shadowlands (you should, it’s good), its gear system is a big departure from previous expansions like Battle for Azeroth. Gear used to be a lot more plentiful but most of it was trash unless you were lucky enough to get a ‘warforged’ item, which would magically increase its level by a significant amount. In Shadowlands, though, Blizzard dialed back that randomness in favor of fewer but more meaningful loot drops. Coupled with new systems like a Great Vault that gives you a choice of very powerful pieces of gear each week for completing specific objectives, it’s a pretty good system—on paper, at least.

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