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PTR Back to Release Build
Another Release flagged PTR build (15005) was pushed recently with no significant changes. Don't forget that Season 10 is ending on November 29, just around the time that 4.3 should go live.



Statistics: Class Balance and Dragonwrath
One of the more popular requests for a Statistics post has been a class balance type of post. For the first graph we simply took the class balance for characters that have earned more than 5k Valor points, resulting in a sample size of roughly 1.8 million characters from the US and EU. This helps to remove the massive amount of alts we saw last time. Nothing too unexpected here, warlocks and rogues are still coming in last place.

The second graph shows you how many new Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest were created each week. The slight decrease in the last displayed week may be due to the frequency of our data updates, so regard it with some skepticism.

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Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Art gallery has been updated with five pieces representing the Warcraft universe.




The Daily Blink - When Skyrim Meets WoW
The Daily Blink hopped on the Skyrim bandwagon this week!

This article was originally published in forum thread: PTR Release Build, Class Balance and Dragonwrath, Fan Art, The Daily Blink started by chaud View original post
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  1. batman13cr's Avatar
    i just want to point out that the 4 highest classes in the graph are capable of being healers....with paladins and druids at the top being tanks as well so maybe it should also reflect the most frequently played spec as well... then we could tell which classes are overplayed as far as healers specifically or just dps....i think we would be able to compare rogues and warlocks a little more accurately when compared to paladin dps specs played or kitty/chicken druids played
  1. Taiknee's Avatar
    Is the class balance graph based on the number of changes made to classes this expansion? Or is it something else? I'm a little confused
  1. Literaltruth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Orthonon View Post
    The graph did show one surprise to me. Shaman placing higher than warrriors or death knights. I can see them placing fairly high due to being a healer with two very different styles of dps to choose from for offspecs, but to place ahead of two tanks caught me a little by suprirse, even ahead of hunters is a little bit of a surprise.
    This shouldn't really be a suprise if you think about it. One of the reasons that tanks are so hard to come by in 5man groups is because they are the least needed spec (in terms of how many you need, not how important they are) in 10man and 25man. Some/most encounters in 10 man require at least 3 healers, 5 DPS and only 2 tanks. The difference in ratio is even higher when you get to 25man - where you need more healers, more DPS but still only 2 tanks. This means that there are far more people with DPS or healing as their main specs than there are tanks (and since people mainly queue for RDF as their main spec, this helps create the "tank bottleneck" we get for randoms). Therefore it's not suprising, really, that the two tank classes who don't have healing-spec options, have a lesser showing than any class with DPS and Healing as their two options.
  1. Badactor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SvetlanaSvetlana View Post
    Jokes are funny, beauty. This isn't funny, so it is clearly not a joke.
    Its hilarious... it's just that your nerdiness is overtaking your geekiness ($1 to Patton Oswalt). Never let the inner nerd win
  1. Aterons's Avatar
    Legendary item :/
  1. Knopperz's Avatar
    The Skyrim Daily Blink is so friggen true :/ I wish the actual MMOs would be more like it...it kinda reminds me of the good old times in Everquest 1.
  1. Makronette's Avatar
    I've not played Skyrim and yet laughed at the daily blink, pretty darn funny Sour about those Valor points Rogues
  1. Prag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SvetlanaSvetlana View Post
    The Daily Blink really needs to stop making stuff. They clearly have lost any of the wit and humor they 'used' to have. All I get from that comic is that "LOLZ SKYRIM IS BTRRER TAN WIW" Justify it all you want, but even if it's an "unfair and unreasonable" (and I'll personally add in uneducated) comparison, they could have at least tried to make wow sound better than they did
    .-At level 4 in wow, you can single-handedly curb a rebellion (Undead), take on a legion of Worgen, be the largest business tycoon in the area (Goblin), and much more.
    -Warrior Shouts can send people running for their lives, disorient people to the point that their movement is impaired, cause enemies to use less force with their attacks, and even rally allies, giving them more vitality
    .-Exploration gives you achievements, tabards, as well as knowledge of locations that would be relevant for later (WELL, I'll give you that it isn't much, but it's still more than 'fatigue')

    I have nothing against Skyrim, but the Daily Blink is really peeving me lately.
    Then stop reading it and stop talking about it. I'm guessing you're one of the angry people about the 32bit/64bit thing. You need to relax.
  1. melak's Avatar
    The joke was pretty funny, but imo spoilers in it too >.> Will take some time before an MMO can look like Skyrim. Skyrim is a solo game, would crush your computer if you had the same number of chars standing in towns as in WoW Atleast that what i think, doubt any majority would have computer systems to handle the load ^_^
  1. Tikaru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SvetlanaSvetlana View Post
    The Daily Blink really needs to stop making stuff. They clearly have lost any of the wit and humor they 'used' to have. All I get from that comic is that "LOLZ SKYRIM IS BTRRER TAN WIW" Justify it all you want, but even if it's an "unfair and unreasonable" (and I'll personally add in uneducated) comparison, they could have at least tried to make wow sound better than they did
    .-At level 4 in wow, you can single-handedly curb a rebellion (Undead), take on a legion of Worgen, be the largest business tycoon in the area (Goblin), and much more.
    -Warrior Shouts can send people running for their lives, disorient people to the point that their movement is impaired, cause enemies to use less force with their attacks, and even rally allies, giving them more vitality
    .-Exploration gives you achievements, tabards, as well as knowledge of locations that would be relevant for later (WELL, I'll give you that it isn't much, but it's still more than 'fatigue')

    I have nothing against Skyrim, but the Daily Blink is really peeving me lately.
    Wow, so this is what a total and complete WoW nerd/fanboi looks like.

    Lighten up.

    Any chance you can spare some sand from your vag, I would like to make a sand castle or two.
  1. Syegfried's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SvetlanaSvetlana View Post
    The Daily Blink really needs to stop making stuff. They clearly have lost any of the wit and humor they 'used' to have. All I get from that comic is that "LOLZ SKYRIM IS BTRRER TAN WIW" Justify it all you want, but even if it's an "unfair and unreasonable" (and I'll personally add in uneducated) comparison, they could have at least tried to make wow sound better than they did
    .-At level 4 in wow, you can single-handedly curb a rebellion (Undead), take on a legion of Worgen, be the largest business tycoon in the area (Goblin), and much more.
    -Warrior Shouts can send people running for their lives, disorient people to the point that their movement is impaired, cause enemies to use less force with their attacks, and even rally allies, giving them more vitality
    .-Exploration gives you achievements, tabards, as well as knowledge of locations that would be relevant for later (WELL, I'll give you that it isn't much, but it's still more than 'fatigue')

    I have nothing against Skyrim, but the Daily Blink is really peeving me lately.
    Well, that is like, your opinion. Not a fact.

    I have been playing wow for about 2 years now and I am still loving it, I am also playing Skyrim atm and I found the comic really funny.

    Sad to see people getting mad over a joke.
  1. Demonidze's Avatar
    Warlocks are dying breed, at least rogues will get their own legendary next patch, so iam sure their popularity will go up.
  1. Yuuki Asuna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SvetlanaSvetlana View Post
    The Daily Blink really needs to stop making stuff. They clearly have lost any of the wit and humor they 'used' to have. All I get from that comic is that "LOLZ SKYRIM IS BTRRER TAN WIW" Justify it all you want, but even if it's an "unfair and unreasonable" (and I'll personally add in uneducated) comparison, they could have at least tried to make wow sound better than they did
    .-At level 4 in wow, you can single-handedly curb a rebellion (Undead), take on a legion of Worgen, be the largest business tycoon in the area (Goblin), and much more.
    -Warrior Shouts can send people running for their lives, disorient people to the point that their movement is impaired, cause enemies to use less force with their attacks, and even rally allies, giving them more vitality
    .-Exploration gives you achievements, tabards, as well as knowledge of locations that would be relevant for later (WELL, I'll give you that it isn't much, but it's still more than 'fatigue')

    I have nothing against Skyrim, but the Daily Blink is really peeving me lately.
    I hope these people know that the only thing that makes WoW better than Skyrim is that it's an MMO right? Skyrim to me is the best single player RPG right now and I do wish I could kill dragons at level 4 in WoW lol xD But WoW is still the best MMO for me =]
  1. videotape's Avatar
    If you read the Daily Blink and thought the point of the comic was that Skyrim is better then WoW, then I have some bad news for you:

    YOU MISSED THE POINT.
  1. Scarzi's Avatar
    Skyrim is awesome.

    That is all.
  1. xEviZu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Crucialus View Post
    It's how many people get the staff per week, like it says on the title.
    You are so wise. Teach me your ways!
  1. ukxenon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Knopperz View Post
    The Skyrim Daily Blink is so friggen true :/ I wish the actual MMOs would be more like it...it kinda reminds me of the good old times in Everquest 1.
    Ah the good old days where mmos took some skill to play and the community's were good and faction actually ment something, oh how i miss the corpse runs and finding someone to rez you because you lost exp or getting a lock to summon your dead body using a coffin lol
  1. Chaoyll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by videotape View Post
    If you read the Daily Blink and thought the point of the comic was that Skyrim is better then WoW, then I have some bad news for you:

    YOU MISSED THE POINT.
    This. Except for the fact there's a Skyrim spoiler in it, which is enough reason to be a bit mad I suppose.
  1. Aurinax's Avatar
    That last one on the DB is the stuff of legends.
  1. The Ogdru Jahad's Avatar
    The days of the old style mmo such as WoW vanilla were destined to fail at some point...convenience will always overtake quality after a period of time where quality stays the same/slightly increases yet convenience stays the same and hinders quality improvement. So what do you do to appease more people and draw in a larger crowd? Increase the convenience at the sacrifice of a SMALL minority of players losing some of the things they liked, which in reality were inconvenient and never really necessary in the long run. That is why the LFG was made and many other things.

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