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“A Matter of Statistics” or “0.13% L33t!”

Gear acquisition in contemporary WoW is considerably more complex than it was in vanilla WoW. Originally, you could get epic gear that was well crafted to suit your class only from 40-man instances. Since then, 5-mans, 10-mans, arenas, battlegrounds, quests, vendors, reputation rewards all give epic loot.

A question arises:

  • Is the ability to acquire epic loot from a plethora of different sources responsible for a decline in the pursuit of endgame content?

Tobold made an interesting post recently on his blog. According to Tobold, a mere 0.13% have cleared endgame content.The remaining 99.87% of the player population has not.

This in turn begs two other questions:

  • Is raid content in WoW really that hard?
  • Does it make sense for Blizzard to design content that statistically so few can master?

Larísa over at The Pink Pigtail Inn had a few interesting comments on the subject from another angle, which you can read here.

You be the judge.

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  1. October 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    My take on it is that the hardest raid content is very uninspiring.

    You beat a boss. Next week he’s on farm and you get to the next boss. You eventually have them all on farm, now what?

    WotLK’s answer is basically some variant of times every number in the boss’s dataset by two and repeat the encounter.

    It’s not exciting and it’s not fun.

    Ok they dress it up a bit. Sarth +3 well the 3 add damage and resist penalties, basically just spreadsheet manipulation.

    Now in the old days you kill a boss you got to see a new harder boss that was to some degree exclusive.

    Easy to see that the old model motivated people to clear the top end a lot more than the new model. Same old boring boss that we got on farm with a zero on the end of his hit points? No thanks!

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