If you remember, last year Cynwise
launched on a study of Warcraft
's class popularity that led to his producing a book, The Decline and Fall of Warlocks in Cataclysm
. We talked about some of the conclusions he drew here
. Now he's back
looking at class population vs. popularity in Mists of Pandaria
, and some of the numbers he's compiled from Worldofwargraphs
interesting. One of the most shocking pieces of information to come out of all of this is this stark graphic above, where you can see the rogue population plummet
Rogues went from 7.67% of max level at patch 5.0.4, the pre-Mists of Pandaria
patch, to 5.51% of max level as of patch 5.1, a drop of over 2%. This is at a time when most other classes either held steady (Paladins, Druids, DK's and Hunters all held at about even with their Cataclysm
and patch 5.0.4 numbers), went up (Warriors saw a jump from 9.25% at max level to 10.14% between 5.0.4 and 5.1, while Warlocks went up from 6.7% to 7%) or saw slight declines (Shamans, Priests and Mages all saw slight declines). By comparison, the rogue decline becomes stark.
So, where have all the rogues gone? Monks have taken a slim 4.9% of the total playerbase, which means that they're hardly the dominant juggernauts that Death Knights became in Wrath of the Lich King
, so can they explain the rogue decline?