Basically, once one of your characters has reached at least Revered reputation with a faction, all other characters on the same Battle.net account will then earn reputation with the same faction at twice the rate. Going one step further, and as an added bonus, your main character who reached Revered will also begin to earn double the reputation as he or she climbs to Exalted.
Here's a simplified break down:
- Any single character earns Revered reputation with a faction
- All other characters on the Battle.net account begin to earn double reputation for that one same faction
- The Revered character earns double reputation as he or she works toward Exalted
Notice that this post does not specify which patch these changes will be applied to. I would like to think it's 5.1 but that may not happen. Knowing how the system is planned to work can at least give us the opportunity to prioritize our characters and decide which alts/factions to work on going into the change.
The main reason I chose to repost this announcement is because faction grinding was one of several contentious topics we discussed over the summer. Plus we've had a month or so to get used to the idea of account-wide features. I'm glad to see that they are expanding the notion of account-wide functionality to incorporate reputation values. To me this seems like a natural progression. Now that we have some new information about where Blizzard wants to take factions, I'm sure you guys will have plenty to say about it =)