I am getting a conflicting impression from a couple of people I am speaking with that say if i got RB on merge/lock that I could also redeem my points for items.
Merge and Lock are no longer the same. On Merge, RB players can only use points to enter certain tournaments. The points cannot be used to exchange for cash or buy anything in the store. I don't think Lock allows RB + VIP but that might be something to ask them directly in their forum. There is conflicting information out there.