Some Q and A from the official forum from Game Designer McKenna Berdrow: https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/wuv/New-WvW-blog-post-June-1-2017/first
Q: My question is whether a player has to be online, and on a WvW map, to get awarded these winning pips?
A: You earn pips every tick, so every 5 minutes. You do have to be online, in WvW to earn the pips.
Q: Does all of this only apply to The Mist War, or does it apply to Edge of the Mists also?
A: Skirmishes are only part of The Mist War and not part of EoTM. Because of that pips cannot be earned while in EoTM. However, vendors for both the backpack and skirmish rewards will be in EoTM in case of queues.
Q: If someone transferred (servers) today (June 1), when would they be eligible to start earning rewards when the new system goes live?
I have no idea what you are talking about with tiers of armor. Can someone explain (even take a guess) about the details of what that’s about?
A: You would not be eligible to earn pips until the 9th if you transferred today.
The Armor Tiers are:
Tier 1 – Triumphant armor
Tier 2 – Triumphant Hero’s armor
Tier 3 – Mistforged Triumphant Hero’s armor
Tier 1: Hero’s weapons
Tier 2: Mistforged Hero’s weapons
Q: A lot of players have unlocked all the T1 skins and salvaged them to save on inventory space. Will there be a collection added for this (or tracking of skins unlocked), or will we be forced to re-complete 18 reward tracks?