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.

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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. Affectionate's Avatar
    after the swotor beta this weekend Im so GLAD I went with the annual pass
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Juzard View Post
    Just wondering, where did you find the stats to get the achievements points graph? I've always tried to find a place to compare myself in achievement to the rest of the world or even on my realm.
    http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2743690922
  1. nyao's Avatar
    It's worth noting that the "current" build recently pushed, the test build, is 3 days behind the RC build that was pushed before. Also, the version of the RC was 14967, where the version of this test build is 14966. Perhaps Blizzard just wasn't ready to push the RC yet, so the servers were rolled back...?
  1. Firen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Affectionate View Post
    after the swotor beta this weekend Im so GLAD I went with the annual pass
    Tell me more, tell me more! What's the prob with it?
  1. Goretog's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Firen View Post
    Tell me more, tell me more! What's the prob with it?
    Idd i would love more info on whats up with it cause i'm loving my general beta pass =)
    IMO 1 weekend ain't enough time to "feel" this game.
  1. dharock's Avatar
    pve realm , 13k+ achievements, 110k+ hks i'm the 1% (p.s annual pass done the day of announcement
  1. Nathiest's Avatar
    I wanted one until I say the mount in-game. Thought it was ugly, not worth the money.
  1. Tetharion's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Affectionate View Post
    after the swotor beta this weekend Im so GLAD I went with the annual pass
    It's the other way around for me.
    I really wanted to give WoW another try, and after resubbing for 1 month I really enjoyed the game, really thought about getting the annual pass.
    But after playing the swtor beta this weekend, the annual pass would've been wasted money

    different people, different tastes
  1. Coldkil's Avatar
    having 11k-ish achievement points, i thought there were much more people with so many. Really, seems that a multitude is complaining the game without seeing even half of it.
  1. Keadin84's Avatar
    I wonder if they'll release 4.3 the moment BioWare opens up its final beta testing weekend to each and every person that signed up for it... /tinfoilhat
  1. Dawon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FyreRT View Post
    so nearly 4000 people still come to this website that dont play WoW, like seriously... just leave already.
    Stop being retarded please! This is an MMO site, not WOW site! How hard is it for stupidheads to realize that we have lots of games in the forum-list and most of us that quit from WoW, still might be interested in if there is any point coming back or not.... thus reading the news.

    I'm personally mostly hanging out in the SWTOR-part of this forum atm... am I now allowed to do that Mr "I only want WoW-fanboys-playing-hardcore-24/7" here?
  1. Affectionate's Avatar
    Tell me more, tell me more! What's the prob with it?
    its just... nothing impressive. and its WAY too much focus on story to compete in an MMO market. I honestly never once felt like i was playing an MMO, and not in the "oh i was so immersed in it it was awesome" kinda way, but in the "you mean i have to sit through another 40min of run around talk to so and so, talk to so and so, run around, talk to so and so, before i get to actually kill stuff again?"
  1. Keadin84's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Affectionate View Post
    its just... nothing impressive. and its WAY too much focus on story to compete in an MMO market. I honestly never once felt like i was playing an MMO, and not in the "oh i was so immersed in it it was awesome" kinda way, but in the "you mean i have to sit through another 40min of run around talk to so and so, talk to so and so, run around, talk to so and so, before i get to actually kill stuff again?"
    Sounds like WoW... *remembers the quest chain leading into the Twilight Highlands*

    Anyway, it's just an opinion, other people can't stop talking about how awesome it is. I think I'll see for myself first before taking anyone's word for it ^^
  1. The Illusive Man's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Coldkil View Post
    having 11k-ish achievement points, i thought there were much more people with so many. Really, seems that a multitude is complaining the game without seeing even half of it.
    I have 12k now and was thinking the same! There really aren´t that many guys around with over 10k achievements although it is not that hard to get!!
  1. Moxnatyc's Avatar
    bad news about ptr ;/
  1. Flaks's Avatar
    Those graphs are awesome but after reading the blue posts regarding MMO-C's charts I just don't know who to believe anymore. THE CAKE IS A LIE.
  1. miracles's Avatar
    Yes got AP , since I still like playing WoW. Really like the graph too
  1. epec's Avatar
    http://mmorig.com/world-of-warcraft-...rth-it-or-not/
    Pretty funny article on the annual pass, mostly satire.
  1. DrRight's Avatar
    The annual pass, what an epic ploy from Blizzard. Getting thousands to sign up for the worst twelve months of an expansions life-cycle. Plus Diablo 3 will be pretty cheap.
  1. Studioburst's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rioo View Post
    Great statistics! Just don't let them replace normal news posts.
    But they need the CPM impressions from the ads to keep Curse happy, expect multiple posts of pointless shite, gg

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