Welcome to a flash card 4.0.1 guide. Hopefully this may better prepare you for the new PVP awards system going live today (12 th Oct 2010). This guide is intended to be very brief and a quick reference for you on how to maximize your awareness of 4.0.1 mechanics.
Honor points are getting a make over. So if you had 400,000 honor points before the patch, and notice a huge cut, here is what happened.
Old Honor Points * 0.024 = New Honor
Old Arena Points * 0.85 = New Honor
Battleground Mark of Honor * 2.976 = New Honor
Wintergrasp Mark of Honor * 19.08 = New Honor
Stone Keeper Shard * 1.6 = New Honor
Venture Coin * 3 = New Honor
Spirit Shard * 1 = New Honor
(Source: Nethaera – Blizzard Poster)
In 4.0.1 there will be a soft cap for honor conversion, similar to justice point conversion, this is 4000. This means if you have more than 4000 points, you will have to spend them to get under this cap, before you are able to accumulate them again.
In the final patch before Cataclysm (4.0.3) this will become a hard cap. Any honor points over the 4000 mark, will be converted to 35 per point.
Other useful info
You do not LOSE Honor points, if you keep below 4000 points, until Patch 4.0.3
Honor points WILL be used in Cataclysm, so if you are keen to get geared up for Cataclysm arena or BG in the next leg of content, going into Cataclysm with 4000 HP earned from WotLK PVP is acceptable (unless they reset the JP, though I really can not see them doing so)
PVE Badges are also being reformed, please see my PVE Conversion guide for more info.