To us, actually, the wife and me.
Tally tells the tale: Msaker’s wearing 4 pieces of Deadly Gladiator’s and 2 Wintergrasp pieces. Honorus is wearing 4 pieces of Deadly and 3 Wintergrasp pieces. Greenclaw is wearing 3 pieces of Deadly and 1 Wintergrasp piece. Arcarius is joining the fray and is wearing 1 piece of Deadly. The lovely wife’s Droonda is wearing 3 pieces of Deadly and 1 Wintergrasp piece. (If Horde ever manage a win, ever, she can visit the vendor and pick up her 2nd Wintergrasp piece. Horde, however, never win.)
And given Horde never, ever, win in Wintergrasp (not until Tenacity is 100 and Blizzard ports all Alliance out of Wintergrasp and dumps them in Swamp of Sorrow to lessen defense of the fortress) it’s kind of a free-for-all easy place to earn a little honor, earn a few shards, and some marks, and the wife and I are going take advantage and gear our Alliance toons up a bit before the next expansion.
I mean, I thought crafted was as good as it gets for the casual. Heck no. Crafting at the iLevel 200 level was a waste (except for the weapons). In an initial set of iLevel 187 crafted gear available at level 78 (i.e. Savage Saronite, Overcast, Eviscerator’s, etc.) you’ll be able to acquire a lot of the iLevel 213 set before you reach 80 just pvping I’m sure. Those crafted epics just aren’t worth the effort. (As it turns out.) Tournament (or other dailies) for the cash. PvP for the gear.
One thing though: There are no weapons available in PvP unless you accumulate Arena Points. (And if there’s stuff available for badges, why? since if you’ve got badges you can have your instance weapons.) So a Blacksmith who can provide spellpower maces and daggers, and bonecrushing maces one- and two-handed, is required. Well, that’s not entirely true either. You can acquire weapons nearly the equivalent of the Titansteel ones at the Tournament. 25 Seals gets you weapons that compare.
I’ve been doing this prior to every expansion. At the tail end of the current expansion’s content, basically leveled to the end-level, and not raiding, I PvP. Msaker had the full set of Level 60 PvP gear. He had a few pieces of the Level 70 gear. He’s fairly close to have another full set of the Level 80 gear. (That’s to say “Full set for this casual player.”) And I’m going to say this gear accrual has never been easier. If you’re Horde on Kirin Tor, come to Wintergrasp. Do it now. If you’re Alliance on Kirin Tor… “Ooh, look. Ice Crown. Shinies. Go there. Wintergrasp will be fine. Honest.”