Our current T2 2/2 upgraded Malevolent weapons are 498 ilvl while next season's T1 Tyrannical weapons are only 493 ilvl (non-upgradeable).
So that would mean it would be better for us to hold onto our Malevolent T2 2/2 weapons until we can purchase T2 Tyrannical weapons (512 ilvl) after earning 27,000 conquest points for the season.
If you plan on playing alts that are currently undergeared for next season, you might want to get that T2 2/2 weapon this season in preparation for next season. Or else you will play at a disadvantage having weapons that are 5 ilvls lower for at least 2 months. I would also upgrade as much gear as possible for that slight advantage early in the season.
Also to note, Tyrannical Gladiator gear have an ilvl of 493 while S12 2/2 Malevolent gear are 491 ilvl. That is only a 2 ilvl difference which doesn't seem like much. I hope blizzard can adjust this properly.
It seems like blizzard wants to prevent PvE nerds from using PvP gear to get into LFR and from using PvP weapons as a headstart for PvE but this makes absolutely no sense for the PvP side of things.
Here are screen shots of the item stat differences found on the PTR 1/30/2013.
Edited by Mushx, 31 January 2013 - 09:43 AM.