I like the idea of bringing new life to factions but i wonder if new items is the way to go. Here is a example. You have a large dominate pvp guild that controls a shard already.They join factions and manipilate their rank( easy to do if you have more than one account).They obtain the buffed up items .If they are already the dominate guild they would have very little resistance in factions.So now they have buffed items to keep their domination going.This may not be a problem but the chance is still there. A work around may be to change it so that a faction member cant attack a non faction member unless he is attacked first if they have a new item equiped. I may be way off on this but everyone remembers what happened to pvp right after doom came out with only a few having artifacts. Iam not complaining, i like that they are bringing new things to factions maybe more people with join and factions will be what it once was. It may be to early to ask questions about this ,i was just wondering everyone elses view.