I’m not sure what this means, but it’s interesting…
WoW Insider recently reported on some research a player named Zyph posted in the forums. Basically Zyph wrote a program to pull around 6,600 profile names off Allakhazam, look them up on The Armory, and collect talent point distribution stats. In particular, Zyph first grabbed some percentages on how many players in each class specialized in a particular talent tree (where specialized was defined as 31 or more talent points in that tree).
Then Zyph went on to examine, for those that specialized, how many skipped the 31 point talent, and how many skipped the 41 point talent.
I’m kind of struggling to decide if the results really tell us anything meaty, but they are interesting.
First of all – Feral is the most popular by a long shot. Of all Druids in the study, 60% specialized in Feral, 27% went Resto, and only 13% were Balance specialists. Hey wait – that adds up to 100% I guess that means there aren’t any Druids out there that don’t specialize? That’s kind of interesting in itself.
Where it gets interesting for me though, is how deep each specialization goes.
It looks like us Ferals go deep. Virtually no one (0.5%) of ferals skipped the 31 point talent (Leader of the Pack), and only 2.7% skipped the 41 point talent (Mangle). If any of those 2.7% ferals are reading now, please take a moment to go outside, find a hard stick you can get a good grip on, and beat yourself senseless! Respec NOW – take Mangle.
Okay, moving on.
Resto Druids start to get more interesting. Only 2.8% skipped the 31 point talent (Swiftmend). I’m no Resto, but I know enough about Swiftmend, that you 3% should probaby join the Mangle-skippers outside. Maybe they would offer to beat you also, since you’re obviously not interested in healing. The number jumps for the 41 point talent (Tree of Life) with 22% skipping this talent. I guess you Resto’s don’t like walking around as a tree with all those sharp weapons out?
The most interesting to me though was the Balance Druids. With only 13% of all Druids in the survey specializing in Balance, 7% of them skip the 31 point talent (Moonkin form), and 24% skip the 41 point talent (Force of Nature). That tells me that folks are dipping into the Balance tree, but looking elsewhere to compliment those talents.
Now, Zyph has lots of qualifications – only level 70’s were examined, some profiles were on Allakhazam but not the Armory, etc. etc. Plus, who knows if this breakdown accurately reflects your server, or is even statistically significant to be worthy of review (can 6,600 random level 70s really reflect 8 million players worldwide)?
Maybe, maybe not. But I still find it interesting and I’m wondering how you all feel about these numbers? Do they sound right to you? What’s up with you Balance folks – why are there so few and what to you have against Force of Nature? Lastly – how come 72% of Hunters went Marksman? I bet BRK will have something to say about that…