WoW Up to 10 Million Subscribers
This afternoon Blizzard released the subscribers count as of November 13, 2014. This is up 2.6 million from the Q3 2014 call that listed WoW at 7.4 million subscribers.

Warlords of Draenor has sold over 3.3 million copies so far, up from 1.5 million pre-ordered in August.

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Garrison Campaign Quests Active
Garrison Campaign quests are now active and the one you get each week appears to be random.

One option you may get is from Khadgar's Servant in your garrison, which sends you to Shadowmoon Valley for a short quest chain that rewards Sargerei Disguise (which is not a Toy).



Patch 6.0.3 Hotfixes - November 19
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts
  • Stables Level 2: Characters should now be immune to being dazed while riding their mounts.
  • The Forge Level 2: Solace of the Forge should now correctly only be usable while outdoors in Draenor.
  • Trading Post Level 2: Players should now be able to gain reputation with the Sha'tari Defense or Laughing Skull Orcs.
  • Outposts
    • Nagrand Tankworks: Wor'var Demolisher and Telaari Siege Engine now deals less damage against other players.

Classes
  • Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Camouflage's stealth effect should now be reapplying correctly when the Hunter and their pet are stationary.
  • Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Talents
      • Prismatic Crystal when conjured, should now correctly last for its full duration.
  • Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Totemic Recall should now correctly refund the mana cost back when used.
    • Elemental
      • Earthquake can now only Stun a target once per cast.
  • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Resolved an issue where Glyph of Eye of Kilrogg was incorrectly allowing Eye of Kilrogg to fly while on Draenor.

Quests
  • Frostfire Ridge
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Tricks of the Trade: Characters that have undergone a faction change can now complete this quest if they had already completed it on the opposite faction.
  • Spires of Arak
    • Assault on Skettis: Increased the drop rates for Talon Key. Additionally, Apexis Sol-Mender, Glowing Energizer and, Stalwart Warden should no longer be getting stuck in evade mode.
    • [Requires a realm restart.] Bonus Objective: Bladefist Hold: Increased the spawn rates for Brood Mother Xylax, Bagdoth Goredrinker, and Val'dune Fleshcrafter.
    • Sol Sisters: Sol-Shaper Veoryx should no longer be getting stuck in evade mode.
  • Garrisons
    • Characters visiting someone else's Garrison should no longer be incorrectly seeing another player's daily quests.
    • Gladiator's Sanctum: Nemesis quests should no longer be incorrectly removed from the player's quest log if they log out while the building is under construction.
    • Goren Invasion!: Adjusted a number of spawn points so the invaders should no longer get stuck in Garrison buildings.
    • Scraps of Iron (Dwarven Bunker/War Mill): Completing the quest should no longer remove more Iron Horde Scraps than needed.

World Environment
  • Increased the number of situations where items and abilities slowing the player's falling speed could be used while in outdoor environments.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Graveltooth should now be using their inside voice to shout at players in the area instead of shouting at the entirety of Nagrand.

Dungeons, Raids, and Scenarios
  • Reduced the item level requirement to queue for Normal difficulty Grimrail Depot, Shadowmoon Burial Grounds, The Everbloom, and Upper Blackrock Spire to 595 (down from 600).
  • Upper Blackrock Spire
    • Orebender Gor'ashan: Mobs from other parts of the Dungeon should no longer be joining the fight during the encounter.
  • Challenge Mode
    • Aviana's Feather should no longer be usable while in a Challenge Mode dungeon.
  • Proving Grounds
    • Statistics for Basic Healer (Endless) should no longer be incorrectly displaying under Basic Tank (Endless).

PvP
  • Increased the amount of players that can be in Ashran to 150.
  • [Requires a realm restart.] Primal Combatant PvP trinkets awarded from Gold Strongboxes should now contain stats that are more appropriate for the character's specialization.
  • Primal PvP trinkets should now be eligible to grant players the Gladiator's Distinction set bonus.
  • Primal Honor PvP gear should now correctly have a set bonus.

Items
  • Gnomish Net Launcher now has a level 91 requirement to equip and provides a more appropriate bonus to Versatility.
  • Invisibility Field's effect is now on a shared cooldown with other invisibility effects.

Bug Fixes
  • Resolved an issue where Draenor Perks for characters may sometimes not be saving correctly.

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This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW Up to 10 Million Subscribers started by chaud View original post
Comments 446 Comments
  1. iceberg265's Avatar
    I find this very hard to believe, congrats to Blizzard if its true though, very nice accomplishment.
  1. Karry's Avatar
    I must say that I was a bit spektical of this expansion seeing as how in terms of expansions and the content and how it was offered TBC and WOTLK were far superior and more fun than Cata and MoP. I really wasnt excited at all for this expansion and neither was I for Cata and MoP but WoD is the only one out of the 3 that had me excited once I got in the game. It's just superb. People who canceled subs on a whim cause of a few days ( which we are given back by Blizz anyway along with an apology - u can call it damage control all u want, it's still an apology ) of issues are missing some good ass content. I was also was very indiferent towards Garrisons, but that quickly changed as I think they are very well implemented and I love doing them ( tho atm they dont work ).
  1. Dastreus's Avatar
    So is this counting trial accounts? I mean... they DID run ad campaigns for WoD more than they did MoP, and that'd definitely spike trial subscription counts. What I want to see is the numbers for next quarter.
  1. Reclaimer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Prag View Post
    It's funny when you look at the start of WoW. Games launch now with triple those numbers and decline, but people still say WoW is a dying game.
    Just had to futher quote this to make people see the truth. -WARNING- Mayburnhaters #no1likesugodieinafire
  1. BenBos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dastreus View Post
    So is this counting trial accounts? I mean... they DID run ad campaigns for WoD more than they did MoP, and that'd definitely spike trial subscription counts. What I want to see is the numbers for next quarter.
    About 3 million posts over the last 9.5 years have been made to explain trial accounts are and were never included in the definition of WOW's subscriptions. So obviously they are not.

    If you want to see the numbers for next quarter, they will probably be the same (or more) as most Eastern countries are just launching ... today.

    Also Blizzard starts with the PvP and Raid season in early December, so I doubt many people will just leave through Dec/Jan.

    Besides if you are this sick over the fact WOW is back on the 10.000.000 mark, perhaps it is better to leave this planet until at least 2017 as 2016 will be THE year of WOW with the movie incoming and of course a new expansion following it in its trail.
  1. Nekosom's Avatar
    This thread and the number of people saying "pfft whatever this happens every expansion launch" has me convinced that an alarming number of MMO-Champion readers don't actually know how to read charts. Because no, a 3 million subscriber bump leading up to an expansion has NEVER happened. Not even close. In this game's 10 year history, it is in fact WoW's largest quarter-to-quarter subscriber growth EVER. The game took a year to even get its first 3 million subscribers. This is...shocking. World of Warcraft might be the most mysterious game to ever exist. Its appeal defies conventional wisdom.
  1. BenBos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brooxi View Post
    I canceled my account and got a refund on my preorder of WOD after I was prevent from playing by blizzard locking my server. I didn't preorder WOD to sit in a queue all day and be prevented from playing.

    I wonder how many others did the same.
    You were the only one ....

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by Nekosom View Post
    This thread and the number of people saying "pfft whatever this happens every expansion launch" has me convinced that an alarming number of MMO-Champion readers don't actually know how to read charts. Because no, a 3 million subscriber bump leading up to an expansion has NEVER happened. Not even close. In this game's 10 year history, it is in fact WoW's largest quarter-to-quarter subscriber growth EVER. The game took a year to even get its first 3 million subscribers. This is...shocking. World of Warcraft might be the most mysterious game to ever exist. Its appeal defies conventional wisdom.
    A tiny but important point here: we ARE talking about subscriptions, not even players.

    While other games (COD included with its Elite service) did not even manage to keep the subscriptions going after one or two years...

    This game boosted its SUBCRIPTIONS with 3 million after 10 years ...

    And it is not even the end as I am quite sure the 12 million records will be broken in the next expansion ... when the Warcraft movie hits in 2016...
  1. nekobaka's Avatar
    Jokingly had that number in my head. While is an interesting sight, I am more interested in how stable those numbers will be. Makes me also wonder what brought players back if it was the story, the return of engaging content, or all of the above.

    Quote Originally Posted by Henkdejager View Post
    This explains the crappy servers tho. Yet i do question, how did they manage to keep it up back in wrath ?
    More server resource consuming tech on top of keeping high population realms available for transfer even ones that saw queues. High population realms continually draw in players from lower population realms to replace players who left. When players return especially in numbers like that, there will be a large conflict. To a point this is still Blizzards fault. Those realms would have already had issues at launch with Blizzards poor management and poor management with greed went to bite both Blizzard and customers in the ass.
  1. Hellfury's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BenBos View Post
    You were the only one ....

    - - - Updated - - -



    A tiny but important point here: we ARE talking about subscriptions, not even players.

    While other games (COD included with its Elite service) did not even manage to keep the subscriptions going after one or two years...

    This game boosted its SUBCRIPTIONS with 3 million after 10 years ...

    And it is not even the end as I am quite sure the 12 million records will be broken in the next expansion ... when the Warcraft movie hits in 2016...
    what growth? WoW peaked at the start of cataclysm, it jsut reached the MOP numbers at start and also tells the story that when it goes for so long without content ppl drop subs.
  1. theburned's Avatar
    obligatory, wow is going to die post
  1. Heladys's Avatar
    Someone point me to the post where Jaylock's head actually explodes please.
  1. plaits's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by iceberg265 View Post
    I find this very hard to believe, congrats to Blizzard if its true though, very nice accomplishment.
    There would be very serious legal repercussions if they lied. It just wouldn't happen. They're a corporation with legal obligations to the government and their shareholders. It doesn't matter that the products they sell are "just" video games, the laws about reporting their income and sales are the same as for any other company.
  1. hnlntm's Avatar
    TLDR: While the initial launch was awful WoD is bloody brilliant!!! WoW isn't dead, long way off.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    I think the WOW movie is going to have a huge effect. If they really pull off the 50%human and 50%orc storylines. There will be a whole new generation that never heard of the OvH intial games. They could easily have all time high subscribers.
  1. Tennis's Avatar
    10 million but 3.3 mil buy the expansion? That doesn't add up.
  1. Expat's Avatar
    Actually read the post. It says there were ONLY 3.3m Purchases of WOD.

    That means there are 3.3m Real Subscribers + 6.7m Free-to-Play 'Chinese' Accounts.

    Back in TBC before they had launched their Chinese version of the game they had 11 million REAL subscribers.

    So as I read it WOW is DOWN 70% on historical fully paid subscription levels.
  1. Vargur's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Expat View Post
    Actually read the post. It says there were ONLY 3.3m Purchases of WOD.

    That means there are 3.3m Real Subscribers + 6.7m Free-to-Play 'Chinese' Accounts.

    Back in TBC before they had launched their Chinese version of the game they had 11 million REAL subscribers.

    So as I read it WOW is DOWN 70% on historical fully paid subscription levels.
    OR maybe there are subs that haven't bought WoD, for various reasons.
  1. Tzalix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Expat View Post
    Actually read the post. It says there were ONLY 3.3m Purchases of WOD.

    That means there are 3.3m Real Subscribers + 6.7m Free-to-Play 'Chinese' Accounts.

    Back in TBC before they had launched their Chinese version of the game they had 11 million REAL subscribers.

    So as I read it WOW is DOWN 70% on historical fully paid subscription levels.
    Horseshit.

    In its first month, TBC sold 3.5 million copies. The game had 8 million subscribers then.
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Expat View Post
    Actually read the post. It says there were ONLY 3.3m Purchases of WOD.

    That means there are 3.3m Real Subscribers + 6.7m Free-to-Play 'Chinese' Accounts.

    Back in TBC before they had launched their Chinese version of the game they had 11 million REAL subscribers.

    So as I read it WOW is DOWN 70% on historical fully paid subscription levels.
    Or 6.7 million havent bought the xpac yet for many different reasons? Talk about jumping to conclusions based on little evidence. These numbers probably dont even count China as they just got the xpac yesterday over there.
  1. ComputerNerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Expat View Post
    Actually read the post. It says there were ONLY 3.3m Purchases of WOD.

    That means there are 3.3m Real Subscribers + 6.7m Free-to-Play 'Chinese' Accounts.

    Back in TBC before they had launched their Chinese version of the game they had 11 million REAL subscribers.

    So as I read it WOW is DOWN 70% on historical fully paid subscription levels.
    Blizzard Entertainment today announced that as of the first 24 hours of the expansion's availability, more than 3.3 million copies had sold-through
    As I read it ...
    That is the issue, that statement is very ambiguous.
    One possible interpretation could be those sales happened during the 24 hours AFTER release, ie availability of the actual expansion content.
    It isn't making it clear one way or another what it actually means.
    Stop with the stupid bashing and unfounded accusations, and actually find something to support that first.

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