I say, your first idea goes against what Blizzard is going for; promoting people to play by compensating them with more gear throughout the season (Which in fact does help with keeping ladders active and reducing people sitting on rank 1's). If you do this, people that sat down at Rank 1 early in the season would just come back and still have a fighting chance (something I think Blizzard is trying to avoid).
However, I do think your second idea would be more reasonable. If you do continue to play throughout the entire season, YOU SHOULD BE AWARDED FOR IT.
By allowing your ALT characters to be able to CAP your MAIN characters maximum conquest points earned in the SEASON (with no weekly maximum limitations), you would have a better fighting chance and a more balanced game. I think if you took the time to cap all those points on one character, it should translate to your alternate characters, reflecting the time and effort spent in the game.
This way, Blizzard would be promoting game play and ladder activity without punishing players for not having the time, or simply because they leveled a secondary character later in the season.
This is not perfect, but is a start. I know this still affects people that started playing weeks into Season 12 on their main char's.
Great post Norbok, cheers.
Edited by Breuerx, 18 December 2012 - 07:43 AM.
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