With patch 5.2 looming, World of Warcraft players have been having the debate that comes with every major patch: What should I do with my Valor before it goes away? However, in a “blue post” made late Tuesday night, community manager Zarhym answered, “You can keep your Valor.”
In the past, Valor was often automatically converted to Justice (as Conquest will still be converted to Honor), and anything beyond the Justice cap was converted to gold. Since the Valor items would be purchasable with Justice, it didn't matter much if players chose to spend it or let it convert. Zarhym explains how it's working this time: “Current Valor items will continue to require Valor in 5.2 and will be offered at a discount as listed in the PTR patch notes.” That discount is 50% for items introduced in patch 5.0 and 25% for patch 5.1 gear.
This change looks to be one more way that the development team is encouraging players to avoid wasting Valor on the upgrade option, which is going away (possibly temporarily) with patch 5.2. Check out the full text of the announcement for the details of how they came to the decision, including what about the old system “just feels mean.”
At the very end of the announcement Zarhym gives a hint about the patch date:
If you’ve already made plans and sank your Valor, don’t fret! As of this announcement, and even if you have 0 Valor currently, you still have enough time to cap out at 3000 Valor before patch 5.2 goes live. (It’s math!)