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Statistics: Dragon Soul and Firelands
Patch 4.2 brought us Firelands over six months ago, and in that time roughly 12% of our sample of level 85 characters completed Normal difficulty Firelands. Patch 4.3 was released just one and a half months ago, during the holiday, and already 30% of the sample has killed Deathwing in any difficulty while only 4% has killed Deathwing on Normal or Heroic.

Keep in mind this sample includes many alt characters and many players have multiple characters, so there is no way to know for sure if more people are raiding. However, we do know that more characters are raiding now than raided during Firelands.

This time around, the overall sample is around 6 million characters and the active character sample is around 4.4 million. If you are interested in these type of statistics or want to see other information, let us know in the comments!

First we take a look at the overall population, including every level 85 character that has been active since Patch 4.3 went live. Only 4% of the population managed to do Normal difficulty Dragon Soul so far, and 34% completed it on LFR or higher difficulty.


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Next we look at how quickly people earned the Normal difficulty Deathwing achievement. The holiday caused a slight slowdown in the past few weeks, but people started earning it constantly on the first week.


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Next we look at how quickly people earned the Raid Finder or greater difficulty Deathwing achievement. You can see the weekly growth starts out high and is now rapidly decreasing, as everyone and their alts are have easily completed the raid.


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Next we look at how quickly people earned the Normal difficulty Firelands completion achievement. You can see where the Hotfix took effect and greatly increased the amount of kills, which are now leveling off as players don't have a reason to go back.


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Now we narrow our sample to just characters who have killed Deathwing on Raid Finder or greater difficulty. For this sample, 13% of characters have done it on Normal or Heroic difficulty, and 87% of characters did it on Raid Finder difficulty.


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Now we narrow our sample to just characters who have killed Deathwing on Raid Finder or greater difficulty and completed Normal difficulty Firelands. For this sample, 34% of characters, also completed normal difficulty Dragon Soul.


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Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
4.3.2 and the Mature Language Filter
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You will see the note on it in the next update to the 4.3.2 PTR patch notes. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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This article was originally published in forum thread: Dragon Soul and Firelands Statistics, Blue Posts, Poll started by chaud View original post
Comments 149 Comments
  1. Dimitrias's Avatar
    You got SWTOR now and still "The lack of any other better game to play" ... whow some people are never happy.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zzyzx View Post
    I'm interested in the statistics being modified to remove non-active 85s...
    Define non active? As far as all the graphs go, anyone that hasn't logged in since 4.3 was removed.
  1. Primernova's Avatar
    That's some shockingly low numbers on those charts.
  1. evilgnomey's Avatar
    for the poll, where's the option - I spent to much time on my toons to just throw away and start a new game?
  1. LemonBabby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrias View Post
    You got SWTOR now and still "The lack of any other better game to play" ... whow some people are never happy.
    Well SWTOR is bad.

    So um... that's that.
  1. dokilar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rist View Post
    Once GW2 hits the shelf, I'll be droppin' WoW like its hot and not looking back.
    in b4 "dont worry we'll all be here once you get bored with <insert game title here>"

    ---------- Post added 2012-01-10 at 07:00 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by LemonBabby View Post
    Well SWTOR is bad.

    So um... that's that.
    or its possible that its not just your cup of tea? or its not a complete wow-clone? or that the combat system is different than wow's?
  1. Edeta's Avatar
    "The community/friends/guild" in one option is a bad idea, believe me...I can see why ppl still wants to play with their friends/guildies, but the community has been lately so rude (not all ofc, but LFR even enlarge the problem), that I barely force myself to play this game JUST because of them :/ Other then that - love it
  1. Deleo's Avatar
    Apparently a big number of players don't care about the difficulty they complete the game on, which is why we see the drop in people doing normals. But Kudos to Blizz for getting alot more people to see the content regardless of it being easy mode.
  1. Mnevis's Avatar
    Being a raider, not the most serious but I've killed a couple heroics, I can say that in my circle of friends LFR might decrease the percentage of characters that complete the normal mode raid. All of my 85s in my main's guild killed Ragnaros repeatedly, because he had stuff they needed. My hunter for example, still would like the bow and trinket from Rag, even though he has t13 4pc and 380 ilvl gear and no real need for any better gear.

    When the raid was all there was, it was worth putting together alt runs, or joining pugs, for the 378 gear, and it was a chance to practice my various characters' gameplay.

    Now I don't need to raid on them. I have LFR.

    And yes, I'm calling LFR something other than raiding. Not that there's anything wrong with it as such, but LFR, for many reasons, doesn't qualify as 'raiding' to my mind. It's a raiding simulator that awards gear.

    I have a Mage on another realm that I haven't really played much this expansion, but got up to 380 ilvl in a few hours so I could experience the new and improved Fire before it inevitably got nerfed back to earth. That Mage doesn't have a raid spot, I don't really care to attempt to maintain a raiding schedule or even look for PuGs, but give me the chance to get easy t13 4pc and top some meters in a raidfinder group and I'll take it. LFR is (usually) fun, but it's not raiding any more than Rebecca Black is a pop singer.
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrias View Post
    You got SWTOR now and still "The lack of any other better game to play" ... whow some people are never happy.
    They should have posted this poll prior to SWTOR. Also, the poll is epic fail.

    "Which aspect(s) of World of Warcraft keep(s) you playing?"

    How about NOT assuming that everyone is still playing and include a x) I don't play WoW anymore option. I think people would rather see the % of those who stuck around moreso than why.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleveneleven View Post
    How about NOT assuming that everyone is still playing and include a x) I don't play WoW anymore option. I think people would rather see the % of those who stuck around moreso than why.
    http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/...est-MMO-Report
  1. Mnevis's Avatar
    Which aspect of MMO-Champion keeps you posting?
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    Thanks for that. Can you update it now that it's post-SWToR? It will help determine how many fit into the category of "I quit because I found a better game."
  1. Znuff's Avatar
    Uhm,Is anyone else impressed about the low number of chars from the sample-size that completed the LFR raid?I alone have 3 alts that run weekly trough LFR, some of my guildies have more. It just strikes me very odd. I've never knew something - is this sample size only from US or it's combined US/EU? Think US players are really composed of a completely different demographic.
  1. Deleo's Avatar
    Something is bothering me. It literally takes no effort to get into LFR and complete the raid in less than 2 hours yet we still see only 1M people doing it. It kinda contradicts with 10M active players. Based on the pole at least 2-3 million players should have completed LFR. Don't forget the poll includes alts as well so the actual number is not 1M.
  1. Salech's Avatar
    I am not ever gonna do LFR and i think some other people feel the same way, if i am to get gear that easy, i could just as well play hello kitty.However, normal and heroic are still fun.
  1. Xinia's Avatar
    I guess the LFR is to hard for the average WoW player since so few have managed to beat it.
  1. nonanon's Avatar
    HERE BLIZZ, FOR THE POLL since there was no option for this.."Appearances. I'm too into playing dress up like my toons are Barbies D: If there is no appealing hair, skins, faces, animations, or voices in a game, I don't bother playing it."

    ---------- Post added 2012-01-10 at 07:40 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Eleveneleven View Post
    They should have posted this poll prior to SWTOR. Also, the poll is epic fail.

    "Which aspect(s) of World of Warcraft keep(s) you playing?"

    How about NOT assuming that everyone is still playing and include a x) I don't play WoW anymore option. I think people would rather see the % of those who stuck around moreso than why.
    Yes... because if they didn't they would still follow up on WoW posts, right? >_>;
  1. Azivalla's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xinia View Post
    I guess the LFR is to hard for the average WoW player since so few have managed to beat it.

    Or, you know, a lot of people don't raid.
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deleo View Post
    Apparently a big number of players don't care about the difficulty they complete the game on, which is why we see the drop in people doing normals. But Kudos to Blizz for getting alot more people to see the content regardless of it being easy mode.
    Or they have seen LFR and called it quits or didn't wanted to bother with finding a guild or running normal/hardmode anymore.

    If they want to release numbers like these then they should give all numbers not just the numbers that make their new feature look good.

    ---------- Post added 2012-01-10 at 08:47 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Xinia View Post
    I guess the LFR is to hard for the average WoW player since so few have managed to beat it.
    I really hope you are kidding .

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