Perculia at The Wowhead Blog: While 5.1 has a handful of new gear from reputation rewards, the majority of gear upgrades in 5.1 will come through a new currency-based upgrade system. Players can permanently increase the ilvl of their 458+ gear by visiting a new Ethereal and cashing in spare currency.
|Item Type||Currency||Stat Increase||Upgrades|
|PvE Rares: Justice Point Rewards, Heroic Dungeon Gear||1500||+8 ilvls||1|
|PvP Rares: Dreadful Gladiator||1500||+8 ilvls||1|
|PvE Epics: BoEs, LFR, Normal, Heroic Raids, Valor Point Rewards, Crafted Gear||750||+4 ilvls||2|
|PvP Epics: Malevolent Gladiator||750||+4 ilvls||2|
Upgrading your gear is as simple as visiting the new NPC at your faction’s Pandaria capital and clicking the upgrade button. The UI has a handy preview of the stat increases, so you can compare the strength of several items before deciding which upgraded version you like the best. In-game tooltips also display how much an item has been upgraded, for easy reference. . . . Read full article
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