Stat Guy Likes Stats


Yesterday Mrs. Amateur sent me this link providing a number of interesting stats on World of Warcraft, and I see now the link has become a bit more commonplace now.  Essentially, it takes statistics from the game and provides some quirky insight into them.  After reading everything over here are my thoughts on a number of them:

100 million WoW players in 10 years
If I’m in charge of maintaining the player base, I would want to take a look at that number.  I realize it counts trial accounts and even Recruit-A-Friend accounts, but let’s look at it close.  During Wrath, the game peaked at over 11 million players.  As of last May, that number was down to 8 million.  Let’s say for a second there was a 3-4 year window where the game had over ten million players.  That leaves six years where it didn’t, and thus you start to see a turnover of accounts.  The millions and millions who stopped, did so because…?  I’m not heckling Blizz, it’s just something that I (as a number cruncher) would be intrigued to look into further.

The playerbase is currently 5% in favour of the Alliance
I don’t know if I’m surprised by this or not.  As a new player I remember hearing the kids roll Alliance and the players roll Horde.  Now obviously that’s not accurate entirely.  Of the players I know, there’s probably a pretty close split though if you include alts I think the Alliance gets the edge.  Still, whenever I see current tier accomplishments they always seem to be Horde.  Or rather, they were before I stepped away.  I can’t say in this very moment whether or not that’s true.  But, I also attribute it to the fact the Alliance have four staple races of RPG’s: Human, Dwarf, (Night) Elf, and Gnome.  For some, it might be easier to gravitate to what they know.

Most popular title: The Patient
Jenkins is number two.  It’s surprising, and yet it’s not.  The only reason I have that title in my inventory is because I did the run to help others get the title.  Lucky me.  As for the Patient, that’s one I definitely use and I think anyone that uses the “Looking For” system almost has to.  The other popular one for me is “Elder.”

Rarest Mount: Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent
I know nothing about this mount, shy of doing the old Google shuffle.  A less than 1% drop rate from the Sha of Anger.  Huh.  Well, odds of me getting that are right up there with the Baron’s reigns. Still, that it isn’t the Swift Spectral Tiger at the top of this list really surprises me.

There are 504 unique mounts
Wait, what?  I haven’t even qualified for the Albino Drake and there’s a strong probability someone out there has over 500 mounts?  Wow.

Tiny Red Carp is the rare pet
Once again, I’m a bit surprised.  It definitely sounds like this is one of those fluke casts in fishing (much like how Lioux caught the one at the Darkmoon Faire), but still.  If the bloody Minfernal isn’t up there, the Ethereal Soul Trader should be.

71 Auctioneers in Azeroth
As someone who frequents said gold houses, I have to sit and come up with all of them.  I don’t think I realized there was nearly that many.

3.6 million Pet Battles per day
I wish to track down every person who said this was a stupid feature to include in World of Warcraft.  I also tend to believe that 2/3 of these are done while folks are waiting to do something else (such as an instance or PvP).  Either way, the mechanic became an incredibly successful time sink and achievement magnet.  It also creates a great alternative to leveling (such as I posted when Saintvache hit 90).

All in all it’s an interesting collection of information if you’re a numbers person such as myself.  I’d love to see it go even deeper, particularly into classes and races and male percentages and female percentages.  But then, I also realize I’m in the minority and a good many folk would walk the other way with disinterest.

8 thoughts on “Stat Guy Likes Stats

  1. tomeoftheancient January 30, 2014 / 6:57 am

    I really liked this as I’m not a numbers person I enjoy it when someone else does them for me, lol. I couldn’t believe the mount one. I don’t see how I’ll ever get to 200 mounts, where are all those critters!

  2. M. R. January 30, 2014 / 11:34 am

    I’m curious about the number of mounts number. According to WoW’s Armory I currently have 117 mounts and do not have 161. Ummm…my math skills aren’t great by any means…but those two numbers do not add up to 504.

    I know that the armory doesn’t count horde mounts for alliance toons, and vice-versa, but even if you were to add the horde mounts that my alliance toon can’t get, and vice-versa, I find it hard to believe that there are that many more mounts out there that my toons don’t have.

    I might have to do some research on this and get back to ya. :o)

      • JD Kenada January 30, 2014 / 2:12 pm

        I’m curious to find out now where those reported 48 are. Perhaps Draenor? Seems wrong to include unreleased items though.

  3. Navimie January 30, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    I also enjoyed seeing all the numbers. And the tiny red carp was the rare one? That was a surprise!

    • JD Kenada January 30, 2014 / 9:25 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one thinking that.

  4. Cain February 3, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    I know a lot of people with multiple accounts even if it’s just to RaF themselves for rewards, so I wonder how many of those “people” are really the same people that have already been counted. I’ve had three accounts with subscriptions, but two are only for RaF and only lasted two months each. I’ve had a couple starter accounts that I created just to play around with and deleted. So I’m curious how many unique actual people there have been.

    I did the same double take on the mount total. I know there can be a lot on the different factions, but not that many. I still wish if you owned every race mount on alliance than it would give you every race mount on horde without having to get exalted with each of them and buy the mounts horde side. Some mounts change with you when you are the other faction but why not all. If they do want to keep them separate then I should be able to learn the mount horde side and ride it alliance side. Same with profession/class mounts. If I have a toon with engineering and a toon with tailoring and learn those mounts then they should count towards my total for the achievements even if I don’t have a Warlock/Paladin that is also both an engineer and a tailor.

    • JD Kenada February 3, 2014 / 4:48 pm

      You and I are definitely on the same page in terms of their “numbers.” It reminds me of the early days when they would boast 6-7 million players, but that number included inactive accounts. I guess once Wrath hit they didn’t have to do that. The number spoke for itself.

      I know what you’re saying in terms of mounts. Part of me agrees, but at the same time there is so little you have to work hard for these days that I don’t mind it. If I *really* want a racial mount, I will just level that race to 40 and buy them. It’s quicker than reputation grinding with another toon.

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