The Burning Crusade pre-patch has been announced for May 18th, not leaving players much time to experience all the changes coming into the game and prepare their character to enter through the Dark Portal.
The pre-patch will change how PvP gear works allowing players to obtain the gear regardless of PvP rank, which will help new characters during the leveling process in Outland.
Two currencies will be required to purchase this gear. Different Battleground Marks of honor will be required for different gear and honor points are redesigned and will be used to buy items instead of increase your rank.
Players can start collecting marks of honor currently however, they are capped out at 20, and will be increased to 100 in pre-patch.
WoW Classic TBC Pre Patch PVP Gear Costs
Helm: 13005 honor points and 30 AV
Chest: 13770 honor points and 30 AB
Shoulders: 8415 honor points and 20 AB
Boots: 8415 honor points and 20 AB
Gloves: 8415 honor points and 20 AV
Leggings: 13005 honor points and 30 WSG
A full set of PvP gear without weapons will set you back 65025 honor points, 50 Alterac Valley marks, 70 Arathi Basin marks, and 30 Warsong Gulch marks.
Two-Hand weapons: 38250 honor points and 40 AV
One-Hand weapons(include ranged and offhand): 19125 honor points and 20 AB
It may be unrealistic for players to achieve a full set of gear during the two-week pre-patch so players should prioritize what gear they think is most effective. Weapons will be a target for most players to achieve as they fill their gear slots with other options from raids and dungeons.
Players can also purchase the blue quality PvP gear which is lower in stats and costs much less, although provides the same equip bonus if that's all players are after.