As you may or may not know, Blizzard is working on the next expansion for World of Warcraft, called Warlords of Draenor. They have felt that the current currency system implemented in raiding is getting outdated. That’s why they’re planning to scrap both of them, since there are two of them now.
Implemented back in the days of The Burning Crusade expansion, the system was meant to be used as a consolation prize for those players unfortunate enough not to bag that special item they have been wanting every time they raid a boss. The system allowed players to rack up currency, to eventually buy the items they wanted back in their home city. This works fine of course, but in my opinion it kind of takes that rewarding feeling away from slaying a raid boss after taking so long to do so. Blizzard also believes this system has become unnecessary, let me explain to you why.
Since patch 5.0 they have implemented a new system to World of Warcraft, called the bonus roll system. This system allows players another chance at a boss’ loot table upon completing a raid. With each roll, the chances for you getting that item you wanted and appropriate for your class increases.
“We think we can take the bonus rolls system and make it a little bit more intelligent, so that it tries to avoid giving you duplicate loots – and allow that to be the way players counteract bad RNG (random number generator),” explained lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas. “It removes a little bit of the grind and a little bit of the awkwardness of the current valor system.”
For PvP, they have stated that the current value system is still doing its job right. If anything, they would remove one of the two currencies, but in the end it wouldn’t work as well as having two currencies.
It’s nice to see Blizzard improving upon old systems, and it is why I’m looking forward to their latest expansion!