Cynwise is back! That’s a cause for general jubliation, but in particular, I’m excited because he’s got his data analysis hat on, and he’s back looking at the State Of WoW Gaming.
This week, he’s got some preliminary statistics on WoW pre-Patch 5.2 – who’s playing what, when and why. So if you want a unique, fascinating insight into the state of the game, look no further:
“The reason I think Rogues aren’t in any new state of crisis is because of the data above. When you look at the class across all levels, they’re pretty solid (and don’t show any decline.) But as soon as you get past level 85, the numbers fall off precipitously. People haven’t wanted to level them – yet. Perhaps they leveled one so their guild could get the legendary daggers in Dragon Soul. Perhaps they saw how they were performing in PvP and switched (more on that later.) But they’re there – just not at the endgame.
There’s a different set of problems there, of course. Why is there this drop off? Why do people not want to level Rogues to 90 but do want to level Paladins or Shamans or Warriors instead? There are problems here, but they’re not as simple as the problems affecting Warlocks in Cata.”