From the original Rift Forum:
The development team has been taking a look at the way you spend favor. Through our own experiences playing, your feedback, and the data available some things are pretty clear:
•It’s more cost effective to save up for Rank 5 & 6 gear than to purchase each set of gear.
•You’re sacrificing short term effectiveness for the long term gain by hoarding your favor due to this.
We took these points to heart and with 1.4 will be …
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