Yep, you read it correctly. Blizzard is officially putting in a hot-fix that will probably go live after today’s regular maintenance ends, allowing t11 raid bosses to offer VP again. There have been a lot of mixed emotions on this change, and I share in that feeling. On one hand, it seems against Blizzard’s previous stance of the best gear only being available from the current bosses. On the other hand, however, even if a guild goes and obliterates all 12 bosses from t11 content, that only offers 420 VP in 10 man or 540 VP in 25 man (that’s 35 and 45 valor points per boss, respectively). With the current cap being at 980 valor points per week, it’s not like you’re going to go in and cap out just from t11 raids. Let’s break this down into the different options offered on valor points.
120/140 VP (10/25 man) – Firelands Boss. 7 bosses total for 840/980 VP.
35/45 VP (10/25 man) – BWD/BoT/T4W Normal or Heroic boss. 12 bosses total for 420/540 VP.
140 VP – Random Zandalari Heroic. Can be run 7 times a week for 980 VP.
70 VP – Random Cataclysm Heroic. Can be run 7 times a week for 490 VP.
We will go with my current situation. I am in a strict 10-man guild. My guild currently has 2 bosses down in the Firelands (240 VP). If we were to go blister through t11 content (420 VP), that would give us 660 VP, still leaving us 320 short of the weekly cap. We could knock that out with a couple of Troll heroics, and one “normal” heroic to cap out for the week. Sure, this would probably be less stressful (and less time consuming) than running a full compliment of Troll randoms to supplement our 2 Firelands bosses, but does it really change the grand scheme of things? I don’t believe so. Most of us will be getting our valor cap one way or another, whether it be from troll heroics, FL bosses, or t11 bosses. The cap isn’t changing, and 980 is still 980, so it’s not like we’ll be able to purchase valor gear any more quickly to start “outgearing” the Firelands. In the course of my writing this, my own opinion has actually changed as well. At first I had mixed feelings about the change, but now I am completely in favor of it. It isn’t like they’re erasing the cap altogether, right? We still have to work for our gear, it’s just giving us a different avenue in which to do it.
Full details of the blue post outlining the change can be found here, once the maintenance is completed.