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World of Warcraft: Azeroth by the Numbers
Blizzard released a nice infographic today that shares lots of fun WoW stats!


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
From the rise of Onyxia to the fight for Pandaria, more than 100 million of you across the globe have visited Azeroth since the first realms went live in 2004. We’ve gathered some epic statistics to show what you’ve been up to all this time.

Curious about the faction breakdown among the 500 million characters you’ve created? Wonder how many instances your fellow adventurers run every day, or which pet is the most popular? Take a look at World of Warcraft’s first official infographic below for some fun and surprising never-before-seen facts about the game.

We hope everyone enjoys this glimpse at the inner workings of Azeroth—feel free to find and share it on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for being a part of World of Warcraft’s history, and here’s to new adventures with you in Warlords of Draenor!

Garrosh Heirlooms and Bonus Rolls
Following up on the Garrosh Heirloom bonus roll information yesterday comes some more bonus roll clarifications:

  • Quivering Blob can be won with a bonus roll, and doesn't take the place of an item you would have won. (Source)
  • Nalak, Oondasta, Galleon, and Sha of Anger mounts can be Bonus Rolled. Raid mounts cannot. (Source)
  • Reins of the Astral Cloud Serpent aren't (and have never been) Bonus Rollable. (Source)
  • Kor'kron Shaman's Treasure cannot be bonus rolled. (Source)
  • You can bonus roll Siege pets in appropriate difficulties due to community feedback about Quivering Blob. The pet is a separate roll from items, so it doesn't have any impact on winning other loot. (Source)


Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes: January 28
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Immerseus
      • Immerseus' Swelling Corruption ability should no longer be incorrectly triggering from Balance Druid's Starfall and the Hunter talent, A Murder of Crows on Heroic difficulty.
    • General Nazgrim
      • General Nazgrim should no longer incorrectly be gaining Rage while in Defensive Stance from Balance Druid's Starfall and the Hunter talent, A Murder of Crows.
    • Malkorok
      • Living Corruption's Languish effect should no longer be incorrectly reapplied to players that were under the effect of a Mage's Alter Time spell on Heroic difficulty.

Items
  • Figurine - Khorium Boar should no longer incorrectly summon more than one Khorium Boar.

Patch 5.4.7 PTR Notes Update - Jan 28
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Arenas
    • For the 2v2 Arena bracket, Dampening is now applied to the match starting at the 5 minute mark (down from 10 minutes).
    • For 3v3 and 5v5 Arena brackets, there is no change. Dampening will continue to be applied at the 10 minute mark.
  • Alterac Valley
    • The following NPCs now have more health and deal more damage.
      • Alliance: Vanndar Stormpike, Balinda Stonehearth, Stormpike Defenders, Stormpike Bowman, and all Marshals.
      • Horde: Captain Galvangar, Drek'thar, Frostwolf Guardian, Frostwolf Bowman, and all Warmasters.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Random Battleground Balance and Queue Times
We talk about stuff like this from time to time, but it's not quite so simple. For example, queue times are a big issue. Separating players out by item level certainly wouldn't help, and in fact, could make things far worse. Having more equally-matched opponents in your random BG would be nice, but having to wait an hour or longer... not so much.

That said, we're hoping to make a lot of improvements to Random BG's in Warlords. If we get the opportunity to do something like this, we can look into it.

Side note since I brought it up: we're also looking into queue times. We have a few ideas for changes we might make, but nothing for certain to share just yet. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

PvP Blue Posts
One of my personal goals since I started at Blizzard has been to help improve communication with the PvP community. And, though I know it's technically a different forum, I've been as active as possible on the Arena forums contributing what I can. Many of those concerns extend to BGs and RBGs as well, and if you have a concern here that's PvP-related but not necessarily specific to Battlegrounds, it might be a good idea to check the Arena forums too just in case.

That said, I completely hear you guys on wanting to see more interaction in the Battlegrounds forums. I do read them regularly already, but I'll make a stronger effort to interact here more often. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PvE
I miss using CC in dungeons and raids. Will this come back in WoD?
Not using CC in dungeons currently is mostly a result of being way stronger than the content is designed for. (Celestalon)
I have needed 0 CC in MoP dungeons ever. Day 1 they were faceroll. Not saying that's 100% bad but it is true.
You are more experienced/skilled than most. That was not the experience for the majority. (Celestalon)

PvP
With cross-realm arena it feels like there is still one final barrier: faction. Any plans for cross-faction teaming for real ID?
No plans for that. (holinka)

yeah probably. I blame the 15 min ques between games! why are Horde ques so terrible?
There are more horde queuing. The problem is exacerbated if you opt out of unpopular BGs. Looking into options. (holinka)

Future
Trying Monk heals on my 90, all proving grounds does is say "you suck" No benefit to me over failing thru LFR
Proving Grounds currently just "tests", it doesn't "teach". That's something we hope to change in the future. (Celestalon)

Misc
'scuse me could you shed some light on a little red dragon named Andrestrasz? Is he a tribute, a memorial, something else...?
I believe that commented earlier that he was a tribute, but wasn't sure. (Celestalon)
I'd bet $20 it's a homage to someone's 5 yr old named Andre but would have to dig into data to find out for sure. (Source)

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Comments 97 Comments
  1. Kuja's Avatar
    Funny how they didn't mention how many level 1s there are, and how many of them are gold seller spammers. xD
  1. Hexme's Avatar
    Sorry but there's no way 100 million people have played WoW, at it's peak WoW was at what 12 million subs. Then there's the issue of how many people are actually on a server, which there's only a hand full of servers that have 90k+. There's a site that keeps records of alliance to horde ratio, how many characters are in WoW, how many people are on a server ect ect, I'll try and think of the name of the site but it only listed 15 million characters created in WoW so unless their data is off by a good 85 million....I only see this as a bad lie from Blizzard trying to keep WoW in the record books.
  1. rogas's Avatar
    Wow, only one eu realm connected this week?
  1. Trollokdamus's Avatar
    Yeah, great. I was farming Elegon, Horridon and Ji-Kun every time i could manage to find a group on as many characters as possible with the only hope to get a mount via coin since there is no way to win a "real" drop with 9 more people in raid and a possibility of RL ninjaing it. What an idiot.
    No, i'm fine with raid mounts being non-rollable with coins, but tell us that beforehand, ffs. People waste time and effort for nothing.
  1. Dujith's Avatar
    EU my #ss

    Eligibility: Open to legal residents of the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland)
    Missing quite some countries there
    Plz change it to UK instead of EU
  1. Muoteck's Avatar
    Yeah, I skimmed through the rules as well and there is no mention at all of any other EU countries. UK only.

    Would be nice if whoever posted the info on the main page to at least checked stuff like that first.
  1. UnifiedDivide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hexme View Post
    Sorry but there's no way 100 million people have played WoW, at it's peak WoW was at what 12 million subs. Then there's the issue of how many people are actually on a server, which there's only a hand full of servers that have 90k+. There's a site that keeps records of alliance to horde ratio, how many characters are in WoW, how many people are on a server ect ect, I'll try and think of the name of the site but it only listed 15 million characters created in WoW so unless their data is off by a good 85 million....I only see this as a bad lie from Blizzard trying to keep WoW in the record books.
    It's not a lie at all. When WoW had 12 million subs, it had already had 30+ million more already unsub. 100 million isn't hard to believe at all.
  1. dallk's Avatar
    No way the Scarab Lord mount is more common than the Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent
  1. ben-'s Avatar
    I have needed 0 CC in MoP dungeons ever. Day 1 they were faceroll. Not saying that's 100% bad but it is true.
    "You are more experienced/skilled than most. That was not the experience for the majority." (Celestalon)
    hahahahahaha, who is this Celestalon? they seem pretty out of touch.
  1. UnifiedDivide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ben- View Post
    I have needed 0 CC in MoP dungeons ever. Day 1 they were faceroll. Not saying that's 100% bad but it is true.
    " (Celestalon)

    hahahahahaha, who is this Celestalon? they seem pretty out of touch.
    You'd be surprised at how many people are just not very good players. I remember one LFD run at the start of MoP where the mage kept asking who to sheep. I had to tell them nobody every time they asked lol You guys seriously overestimate the ability of the playerbase, while also talking about how bad LFR players are usually >_<
  1. salas's Avatar
    EU-Silvermoon
    Would love to check 5.4 content and get prepared for the expansion.
    Good Luck & thank you in advance to Curse and mmo-champion !
  1. tntmax's Avatar
    UK != EU

    I don't know if its just the article editors lack of basic knowledge or its just another shady misleading title to generate extra traffic for curse, either way, its sad and bad practice.
  1. blem's Avatar
    My referal link for the contest dose not work. it sends people to an url starting with visit.io%20http//www
  1. manypillars's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dallk View Post
    No way the Scarab Lord mount is more common than the Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent
    It doesn't help that it didn't drop at all until a couple weeks before 5.2 when it was quietly patched in as if there had never been an issue to begin with. It still seems like a red flag when an open tag world boss that spawns every 15 minutes that has been dropping the mount since 5.2 and it's still rarer than raid drops from ToT, the mount off Nalak and the Black Battle Tank.
  1. ben-'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    You'd be surprised at how many people are just not very good players. I remember one LFD run at the start of MoP where the mage kept asking who to sheep. I had to tell them nobody every time they asked lol You guys seriously overestimate the ability of the playerbase, while also talking about how bad LFR players are usually >_<

    I can understand people asking in LFR, (heart of fear for example had a boss fight where cc was key), but not the regular 5 mans. They are very very easy on normal or *heroic. I think the worst part isnt the ease but they arent engaging at all, we ran 5 mans tons during wrath, and it got tiresome but in MOP the 5 mans just plan suck, you run them a couple times and they are so mind numbingly boring you never want to go back.
  1. Dark_Spirit's Avatar
    Meh, I should have read the rules first I guess. I wonder whats the point of the country question.
    But thx for the misleading post anyway...
  1. Rolly's Avatar
    So the game is so shallow and unrewarding over 90 million people have come and gone. Got it.


    /snicker
  1. gbasp05's Avatar
    YayI have the rarest pet 3 times :P
  1. Santoryu's Avatar
    I can't believe the Heavenly serpent is rarer than the Black Qiraji mount.
  1. dhru's Avatar
    PR: over 100 million users (where 80million players were trials)

    HAHAHA, bu**sh*t!

    Reality: "Try to not lose 5 million old players in the next quarter and hope the new 1 million players will be us before the next Exp. (WoD)"
    Remember: after ICC WoW losing 140k subs/month
    NUMBERS don't give those to the PR managers! Burn them with FIRE!

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