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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. Iuviel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nekobaka View Post
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    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.
    WTF is he smoking. Who used CC in MoP dungeons? Unless he misread and meant challenge modes and even then there is a lot of brute forcing with the use of interrupts and short term stuns, but that doesnt match with the previous statement of saying he outgeared the content.
    I totally agree. Ahahahahaha. This is gold. All MoP dungeons were faceroll day 1 and they know it. "You were a more skilled player"? So every random group in LFD was composed of 1 skilled player (me by the sound of the statement, dps btw) who carried the entire group? Really, that's what your going with? Good to know were all that skilled at this game. LOL.
  1. ot4ku-mh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleT View Post
    This bonus roll information had truly been usefull... like 6 months ago when I still focused on using my coins on Elegon, Horridon and Ji-kun.
    Is the information about those mounts actually true? I know several people who claim that they won those mounts via bonus roll. Just yesterday someone on my FL said he got Ji-Kun mount via bonus roll. I don't really trust any blizzard employee on things like that tbh...
  1. epiCSmask's Avatar
    Ooh a contest, and the info from blizzard was really cool.
  1. KaoGen's Avatar
    Andrestrasz! I found him by accident without realising he even existed, and i'm curious about what reference/function he fills.
  1. stinkypinky's Avatar
    should'nt the only true neutral player be DoubleAgent?
  1. Blur4stuff's Avatar
    if you consider people using friends accounts, well over 100m people have at least played WoW. they may not have loved the game, but not many games have that kind of exposure.
  1. Buu's Avatar
    Owen Landgren is my hero, from now on.
  1. Mormolyce's Avatar
    I bet we'll never hear the end of that "100 million" number.

    P.S. Wooooo pet battles, number 1 content in the game! More pet battles each day than PVE and PVP combined! More than double!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuthe View Post
    100 Million players isn't true, so now they are just trying to hide the fact they (as put only 2 weeks ago) mean accounts not players.
    Still a great achievement, but a lie.
    Especially when I have 5 accounts myself over my WoW career, and I know countless others with 3 or more.
    Simplifying maybe, should say accounts not players.

    I have had 3-4 accounts in my time, it's not uncommon for long term players to have more than one but what you're not looking at is the vast number of more casual players who would only have one. I bet the real number is not so far off.

    Also bear in mind a lot of people share their accounts with others (despite it being against the TOC) so that actually skews the true number of unique players higher.
  1. Darkinfinity's Avatar
    Yay a contest for EU!!! It's nice you can get more entries. Although 2 vid's aren't working for me...
  1. yoiasmin's Avatar
    I will be glad to win game time
  1. Static's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Darkinfinity View Post
    Yay a contest for EU!!! It's nice you can get more entries. Although 2 vid's aren't working for me...
    Confirmed. The first two videos aren't working for me, either.
  1. Zokten's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mormolyce View Post
    I bet we'll never hear the end of that "100 million" number.

    P.S. Wooooo pet battles, number 1 content in the game! More pet battles each day than PVE and PVP combined! More than double!



    Simplifying maybe, should say accounts not players.

    I have had 3-4 accounts in my time, it's not uncommon for long term players to have more than one but what you're not looking at is the vast number of more casual players who would only have one. I bet the real number is not so far off.

    Also bear in mind a lot of people share their accounts with others (despite it being against the TOC) so that actually skews the true number of unique players higher.
    The number they got could only be reached with the trail accounts.

    Also betting the "rarest mount" doesn't include discontented mounts.
  1. Quilzar's Avatar
    Blimey I guess that answers the question if pet battles where a waste of development time or not!!
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ot4ku-mh View Post
    Is the information about those mounts actually true? I know several people who claim that they won those mounts via bonus roll. Just yesterday someone on my FL said he got Ji-Kun mount via bonus roll. I don't really trust any blizzard employee on things like that tbh...
    You shouldn't trust them. There was 0% chance of the mount dropping from Galleon. It was obvious Blizzard forgot to turn on the drop chance. There was a HUGE thread on both the EU and US forums about it. Showing that there was not one person in all the population that had the mount on the armory. People demanded to know what the hell was going on. Why millions of people were wasting bonus rolls on the world boss mounts for MONTHS. Instead of responding, and admitting they made a mistake they closed the threads and a hotfix went out the next week. Then whattya know, tons of people start getting world boss mounts.

    Of course fanboys claimed it was just a coincidence. Always blindly devoted to mother Blizzard.
  1. Rivermark's Avatar
    Of course "The Patient" is the most used title, because it gets selected automatically, when you create a new toon.
  1. papajohn4'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."

    There are 3 possible scenarios about the blue answer.

    1)He is trolling
    2)He never played a game, not even angry birds.
    3)Wow has the worst players in history of gaming

    I mean really?You need to be skilled in order to not use CC in MoP heroics?Even on day 1??? /facepalm
  1. banadona's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Iuviel View Post
    I totally agree. Ahahahahaha. This is gold. All MoP dungeons were faceroll day 1 and they know it. "You were a more skilled player"? So every random group in LFD was composed of 1 skilled player (me by the sound of the statement, dps btw) who carried the entire group? Really, that's what your going with? Good to know were all that skilled at this game. LOL.
    MoP dungeons and heroics are a joke, no need to be bulls*itting people about it Blizz. In terms of difficulty this whole game became sort of a joke (not talking about Heroic raiding). I guess Blizz has only two modes: "balls-to-the-wall hard" and "easy-peasy" they make heroic raids quite hard and enjoyable but dungeons are designed for braindead monkeys with no opposable thumbs. Half of these skills that they design are of no use to the average player to be honest, you simply have to nuke the shit out of everything until it falls to the ground, that's the principle Blizzard is going with nowadays I suppose.
  1. Darksoldierr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by papajohn4 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.
    You are more experienced/skilled than most. That was not the experience for the majority."

    There are 3 possible scenarios about the blue answer.

    1)He is trolling
    2)He never played a game, not even angry birds.
    3)Wow has the worst players in history of gaming

    I mean really?You need to be skilled in order to not use CC in MoP heroics?Even on day 1??? /facepalm
    I think, under CCs he means (aoe)stuns, interrupts. Not presheep etc. MoP dungeons are faceroll, no question about it.
  1. Saberstrike's Avatar
    people need no proper CC in MoP PvE because rampant AoE cc (stuns, etc.) keeps sh*t disabled for half the fight anyway.
  1. Sainur's Avatar
    Finally an EU only contest. Good luck everyone!

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