MMO-Champion - PTR Test Build, Achievements and Honor Kills, Steam Compromise, Annual Pass
PTR Back to Test Build
Another PTR build was pushed recently with no significant changes. This time it was a Test build, while the previous build was a Release Candidate. There is still plenty of time for the patch to go live by the Season 10 end date of November 29.



Statistics: Achievements and Honor Kills
All of the graphs today allow zooming in both the X and Y direction to allow you to take a closer look at areas of interest. As the US and EU sample sizes were not the same (~3.6 million vs ~2.7 million), the EU results were scaled up to the US sample size, allowing us to directly compare the results.

The first graph we are looking at today shows you how many characters have an achievement point total in the indicated range of achievement points. For example, the point of 1500 has 103,525 characters for the US. This means that out of the entire sample of the US, 103,525 characters have between 1500 and 1599 achievement points. This type of counting of characters also applies to the other two graphs.

You can see that US players seem to have more alts or casual players than the EU, but both experience that nice dip right before 9000 achievement points. This is due to the people that are close to It's Over Nine Thousand! achievement pushing to finish it. Both the US and EU have two main peaks, likely indicating the population of 85s that has run no dungeons and the part that has run some of the dungeons. This indicates that the majority of the sample does not play enough to get a large amount of achievements on all of their characters.

Moving on, the second graph has Honor Kills split up by faction, as there was no significant difference between the US and EU. It does appear that at the more casual end of the graph the Horde has a slightly higher amount, but once you get closer to the second half of the graph that gap shrinks to almost nothing. Only part of the range is shown, you can see the entire range is hard to look at. The entire range does show you that the gap of Alliance players is compensated for by the increase at the very low HK level. This indicates that the amount of casual players or alts that are PvPing is significantly higher than the people that play often.

The final graph breaks down the HKs by realm type, and you can see the players that have less HKs play on the PvE realms, while the players with more play on the PvP realms. Ths gap disappears once you go farther down the graph to the more serious players. The RP realms results look very similar to PvE realms and RPPvP realms look very similar to PvP realms. All of the factions and realms showed a nice bump around 100k HKs when people were going for the 100000 Honorable Kills achievement.

If you like this type of post or want to see something specific let me know in the comments!

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Account Security Warning: Steam Compromise
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As some of you may know, Valve Software recently announced that certain Steam user account information was compromised by an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into their network. The statement from Valve on these events can be found here:

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/index.php

If you’re a registered account holder with Steam, we encourage you to review the information provided by Valve as soon as possible. We also recommend that you update your Battle.net password via Account Management (https://us.battle.net/account/management) should it be the same as or similar to the one you used for Steam or for the Steam forums. You may also wish to change your registered email address as a further security measure, or to change the password to your email account and other online accounts that might be at risk of compromise. If you are unable to update your Battle.net email address and/or password on your own, please contact our customer support staff for assistance: http://us.blizzard.com/support/webform.xml

For additional tips and suggestions for how to improve your Battle.net account security, such as by adding a Battle.net Authenticator to your account, check out our Account Security Awareness guide (http://us.battle.net/en/security/) and blog post (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/2299938).

Annual Pass with Parental Controls
Blizzard is sending out an email to people that have purchased the Annual Pass in Europe with Parental Controls enabled to confirm that the parent approves of the free copy of Diablo III due to its rating. If you purchased the Annual Pass and have Parental Controls enabled, you have until November 28 to reply to the email.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Dear parent or guardian,

We are writing to you to let you know that the owner of a Battle.net account for which you have registered as the parent or guardian has signed up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion. This promotion offers a free digital copy of our forthcoming game Diablo III when players commit to a 12-month subscription for World of Warcraft.

However, as Diablo III has been rated as PEGI-16 (USK-16 in Germany), we are writing to you to let you know that this promotion will automatically be removed from the account on November 28, 2011. Once the promotion is removed from the account, the account holder will once again be able to modify their existing World of Warcraft subscription, including removing recurring payments.

If you instead wish to continue with this promotion and secure a free copy of Diablo III for the account holder when it is launched, please reply to this email before November 28, 2011 stating that you, as the parent or guardian, are happy to continue.

If you have any questions or further requirements, telephone numbers and further help from our Customer Support department can be found at http://eu.blizzard.com/support/.

Poll: Annual Pass
While we are talking about the Annual Pass, let us know if you decided to purchase it!


This article was originally published in forum thread: PTR Test Build, Achievements and Honor Kills, Steam Compromise, Annual Pass started by chaud View original post
Comments 159 Comments
  1. ruzdu's Avatar
    I kind of miss a 5th option in your poll : not decided yet. I think there might be more people like me that haven´t decided yet if they should sign up or not.
  1. Slowpoke is a Gamer's Avatar
    Ironic that more alliance have theoretically tried PvP than Horde? Sure alliance has more in the low zone, but also an equal number in the high zones. So technically more alliance have PvPed. Plus more HKs are done on PvE servers. Likely the latter is due to higher population on those, but the Alliance one is surprising given the fact Horde is billed as the PvP faction.The stereotypes are flipping, it would seem.
  1. bbzc's Avatar
    Disprove so many theories.
  1. BeanBrain's Avatar
    I really enjoy the graphs. Its interesting to see actual numbers. What I would like to see, is a breakdown of people who have gotten the Legendary Staff, by class. Is it all Mages? How many Spriests? Elemental Shaman?Also, if you can do any sort of solid numbers to document the dps increase given to each class by the staff, that would be exellent. Some solid provable factual information.
  1. RazorBlisS's Avatar
    the obese american gamers have more achievement points
  1. morreant's Avatar
    After a weekend with a certain other game I sure as hell am glad to not have bought the annual pass.
  1. Zergal's Avatar
    10k+ achieves on 2 characters, 50k HKs on one and 100k+ on the other. Ouch , i'm in the minority . Honestly didn't think so few people actually did those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderdragon2 View Post
    i cant beleive this bliz are ACTUALY gona piss EVERY single PVEr off just so they can relese Dragonsolul t the same time as the retarded PvP season
    Re-read your post and ask yourself who's retarded. Please.
  1. BoomChickn's Avatar
    Damn the poll I voted no thinking yes was at the top!
  1. kojinshugi's Avatar
    Well this is pretty silly. I enabled parental controls back in the day to opt out of RealID, and I now had to send Blizzard an email that I am indeed allowing myself to play Diablo III.Lol.
  1. mynameisjona's Avatar
    Please continue these graphs. I love numbers, analysis is so much fun
  1. StenchSlash's Avatar
    Interesting graphs. And yes, I did pick up the annual pass.
  1. thunderdragon2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zergal View Post
    10k+ achieves on 2 characters, 50k HKs on one and 100k+ on the other. Ouch , i'm in the minority . Honestly didn't think so few people actually did those.

    ---------- Post added 2011-11-14 at 03:00 AM ----------



    Re-read your post and ask yourself who's retarded. Please.

    seems ppl cant read ah well i dint say anything about any1 being retarded i was talking about bliz severly ticking off 1 part of the comunity to favour the other

    and while i remember nowhere in my OP did i use the word retarded

    ie posoning the pve content coz of pvprs

    theres nothing new in that test build and you know it

    they are just posponing it to plz the pvprs for there mmr reset
  1. Ragedaug's Avatar
    I think the poll will become very skewed due to vagueness. It is not clear if it is only for players that purchased the annual pass or if the question is whether a free copy of Diablo was enough to convince you to buy an annual pass or not.For me, I bought an AP for the beta invite, as well as the fact that I'm confident I'll still be playing a year from now.
  1. Vesci's Avatar
    If you like this type of post or want to see something specific let me know in the comments!
    /like Do one on battle ground win/loss by faction. Every map and whatever other breakdowns you can come up with. Make it only since the merging of servers for queues if possible. Old data isn't relevant any longer.
  1. drlawyer's Avatar
    No offense, but the question is somewhat poorly written. It really asks TWO questions: "Are you buying and annual pass" and, if so "Are you buying it to get a free copy of Diablo III." In essence, if you are buying an annual pass, but not to get Diablo III, you would answer "No." However, if you simply are not buying an annual pass, the answer still would be "no". Not going to get very reliable data as written. However, you do have a bright future as a poll writer for political media.
  1. Vajarra's Avatar
    My main has 10505, only 2252 others besides me? Hmm. Seems a bit low!
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vesci View Post
    /like Do one on battle ground win/loss by faction. Every map and whatever other breakdowns you can come up with. Make it only since the merging of servers for queues if possible. Old data isn't relevant any longer.
    I did that a while back, see http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/...p-of-the-Month

    The only thing stopping me from doing it again is the lack of Statistics support in the new Armory API. The developers seem to have abandoned it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vajarra View Post
    My main has 10505, only 2252 others besides me? Hmm. Seems a bit low!
    Only 2,252 have between 10,500 and 10,600 achievement points. There are at least 15k+ that have more than you.
  1. Draztek's Avatar
    Please keep up with the graphs. Absolutely love looking at statistics like this.
  1. Baphomette's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thunderdragon2 View Post
    seems ppl cant read ah well i dint say anything about any1 being retarded i was talking about bliz severly ticking off 1 part of the comunity to favour the other

    and while i remember nowhere in my OP did i use the word retarded

    ie posoning the pve content coz of pvprs

    theres nothing new in that test build and you know it

    they are just posponing it to plz the pvprs for there mmr reset
    I don't think there has ever been an instance of Blizzard favoring PVP over PVE. Their concern is making sure everyone is busy enjoying all the new 4.3 stuff when TOR releases on Dec. 20th. November 29th is still going to be a couple of weeks earlier than expected. November 15th would have been ridiculously early; people would already be bored senseless of the new heroics in a month's time.

    There have been a couple of times when the new PVP season has started one or more weeks after the content patch hits for PVE. The new PVP has never started before PVE content and almost certainly never will.

    Raiders will be able to get 397 weapons the first week of 4.3, and if they have a good PVE group they could get 403s from Deathwing with the possibility of 410s from Heroics during the second week. Meanwhile, PVPers will probably have to have earned 7800 Conquest before buying a 397 weapon. This takes:

    6 weeks at 1350 CP/wk (8 arena wins at baseline rating)
    5 weeks at 1560 CP/wk (RBGs at baseline rating give 1650)
    4 weeks at 1950 CP/wk
    3 weeks at 2600 CP/wk

    I don't know what kind of ratings the good players will be at immediately after the MMR reset, but the PVPers with a good PVE group are going to have a large advantage in the first few weeks of Season 11 if they get a weapon. You look at some of the other Dragon Soul drops that are going to be PVP BiS, to say nothing of the damned legendary that will still undoubtedly proc in PVP, and I don't think you'll find a PVPer who feels like they're being favored in the slightest.

    Once again I spend far too long replying to a guy who probably can't/won't read/understand what I say.
  1. Foto's Avatar
    YES! gotta love these graphs. very interested in the achievement related ones if you could elaborate on them in some way

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