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11-05-2007 @ 7:57PM
@6: In fact, the previous iteration of the data looked at Warriors and found that about half are Prot specced, so I'd expect similar analysis this time out. At any rate, the "tank problem" is generally not just whether there exists a competent player with an appropriately specced/geared toon, but whether there is one willing to tank for your pug, so that isn't a question you can get at by analyzing this data set. RE: Mike's comment on only 40% of characters being level 70 as evidence for the need for more midlevel content, remember that this is characters, not players. The real question is what proportion of players have 60+ characters, what proportion of those have one or more 70 characters, and how many of those consider the addition of more low level content as the deciding factor in whether they're going to level more characters. We can't get at these numbers via the Armory either, but I suspect that Blizzard's decision not to include more mid-level content in Wrath is indicative - players who entered TBC with one level 60 main missed out on four of the expansion's eleven adventuring zones, representing a significant amount of Blizzard's dev time. I guess the second question is, once the patch day rush to check out Dustwallow wears off, whether the 2.3 changes have a sustained effect on the rate with which people re-roll/play low level characters. Again, time will tell, and again, we won't have access to the data that really matters. :(
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