07 July, 2006

Paladin Popularity on Steady Decline

Flibble, a rising star on the Paladin forums drawing attention to the class's dilemma, has posted data from WarcraftRealms showing the population trends for various classes for over a year. His thread can be viewed here. A direct link to the website with the data is available here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would be so much fun to see guilds desperately competing of someone who can do to them their precious BoS on them and they could not find any since every player would feel they got better things to do than to play paladin class.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought your drawing a straight line really drove the decline home. Here is a chart with a straight line for all the classes to show where they were a year ago and where they are now. Interestingly, rogues are the only other class that have dropped, and that may be due to Blizzard banning thousands of botters and cheaters/farmers.

straight line chart

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Suicidal Zebra said...

Well, in fairness, the Rogue had so many people roll one at launch that they had to drop off sometime. That, and TBH they have their share of issues these days. I also have to wonder how much of the Paladin drop-off (and Shaman drop, which if anything is even more pronounced) is due to the reality of end-game roles for all hybrid classes.

I'd love to see some official figures of the hours played per class (per account), figures which no doubt Blizz has but would refuse to release. This data would also be quite handy for analysing the potential effectiveness of Cross-Server BG's, more details of which we will have 'soon'.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hadn't glanced at the horde side, but you're right that shaman have a decrease as well. Their decline isn't as pronounced as the paladin, but very comparable to the alliance decline in rogues.

alliance plus Shaman

I don't know that I buy the hybrid line as the only "true" hybrid, druids, have stayed steady. I think it is more of a support class issue than a hybrid issue. It's not a coincidence that healers are the least played classes in the game. It makes since that the "support only" classes would drop the most, especially if people initially approached those classes expecting to do more than support.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Thoma said...

In all fairness, healers are the least played class in any game. It's really, really stressful and if all it takes is "Well why did you let me die, you suck..." comment to ruin a run. Nevermind that you were one of two healers watching over 15 people and trying to focus on the MT. And it doesn't matter what the game is, it sucks when a group wipes and you're the healer.

Now in that thread they discuss the expectations of the class, and I didn't expect to be an end game healer when I signed up. I did expect to be a limited healer, the off healer if you would. I never thought I'd be an MH. What I thought I would be is a tank. And that's what I did and specced for. And I have tanked. I've MTed every instance up to and including UBRS. I've been OT in ZG and AQ. I've been an OT in MC. I've tanked domo adds, Garr adds, core hounds, the pack doggies, Sulfron's adds and a few other nastys. But I know I could never tank Rags. My mana pool simply can't handle it with good FR. I can't tank trash in BWL. I've tried. You can't get enough +defense +stamina +int or +mana/5 to do it.

When I first got to MC I was an 11/40/0 build. Then I got a good two hander and went with the 11/29/11 build that was so common pre-1.9. Now I'm 31/0/20. It's not what I wanted to be but I just couldn't bring myself to spec into the Protection tree anymore. I spent so long in it that seeing it in it's current form is like seeing a good friend who is a vegtable now. Sure the body is still there but what made them them is gone.

Given the way that Blizzard has treated us, it is doubtful that any CM can make people like me feel that Blizzard cares. Too many lies, too many split hairs about "we'll do this, we'll do that..." to bring people like me back into the fold. And we have the post 1.9 paladins. People like me who have been burned from listening too often and the bootlickers in the form of buffbots who drool for any scrap Blizzard gives them.

Blizzard lied about the class descriptions. Blizzard lied about no support classes. Blizzard lied about trying to move away from the "holy trinity". They had a lot of lofty goals and fell short. That's human. Perfection exists only in the mind of God. But it's the lack of respect they showed the community that they can't bring themselves to admit that errors were made. That is the sin that drove so many of us away.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless people start to respecting healers they better become very good in bandaging.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the people I've healed have been very respectful. I don't know what server you play on, but everyone I play with are pretty well mannered. Besides, you're the one that's in control. They being dickheads? Leave the group. It's THEIR loss. Remember that.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

". Blizzard lied about no support classes."

I remember them saying that. Funny for them to justify the state of the paladin by calling them a support class.

10:19 AM  

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