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Hide Your Sub Numbers All You Want Blizzard, Your Server Lists Don’t Lie

Hide Your Sub Numbers All You Want Blizzard, Your Server Lists Don’t Lie

Blizzard-WoW Killer

Is Blizzard killing World of Warcraft?

In 2015, the longest and most successful MMO, World of Warcraft, suffered its greatest sub losses ever. Declining from 10 million down to 5.5 million subs in less than a year, prompting Blizzard to forever forward, hide their sub numbers from the public.

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Yes, this is a wall of text, TL;DR that hits for 99K Crit!!!!

People have speculated for years on many games being the big “WoW Killer” and they have all come and gone. So far no game has succeeded in killing World of Warcraft. But given the direction Blizzard Entertainment has taken with respect to Warlords of Draenor in many of their decisions, the lack of sufficient endgame content and just the overall lackluster nature of the expansion, and many other factors, I think it’s safe to say the only ones capable of truly killing World of Warcraft are Blizzard Entertainment themselves.

I have featured this obvious text-dub before, but when examining the content of patch 6.1 this satire often feels like how it really must have went down at Blizzard when they released it.

No one can blame other games for “stealing” their players. Many people I have met on other games such as Final Fantasy XIV, Elder Scrolls Online, and others who left WoW, left anyway, either during Lich King, Pandaria, Cataclysm, or more than ever now, most people I talk to now list Warlords of Draenor as their reason for quitting.  They weren’t happy over the “no more flying” drama, or the lack of endgame content, or many other reasons. They’ve left WoW and found other games to enjoy and nothing is going to bring them back now. Unless of course, Blizzard something rather spectacular with respect to Legion, but it looks as if Legion may be the last “hurrah”. I have two subscriptions but I can easily let them lapse if the endgame content for Legion is just as lacking as WoD was. I strongly suspect Legion will likely be the end of the 11 year ride however, and thought I won’t name names, I call them the “3 Stooges of WoW” – the 3 main devs they always put center stage anymore I see as the problem behind the whole deal, and one of them has a LAW backround, shouldn’t even be in the Dev department. He should be in the LAWLyer division for them.

I truly believe the only ones who can kill this game are Blizzard themselves, and right now they are doing an awfully good job of it. When I got on and saw my main server Illidan, normally a FULL server, listed as a MEDIUM pop server for the second time this week, that was a major red flag to me. I haven’t seen that happen ever since I started playing WoW in October 2012. No I never played earlier than Cataclysm. Mists of Pandaria was my “gateway” expansion. And I only appreciate the sentiments of those I have talked to who have played earlier expansions and seen the changes over the years since I cannot personally relate to them.

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Here is a screenshot I took this morning– 10-Apr-2016 — this is the second time this week Illidan and Sargeras have been listed as MEDIUM population servers, along with Zul’jin, and several others here normally listed as either FULL or HIGH population servers. Everything else listed as LOW population that were either medium or low, and there were 7 servers instead of the usual 1 or 2 that were flagged for “New Players” – I have not seen this since I started this game in October of 2012 and those servers always had healthy populations. No matter how much Blizzard wants to hide their sub numbers in reports they cannot hide this.

But I also have had a small background in business (though far from an expert) and I’ve been with companies who have seen mergers, or even just major changes, with people leaving the legacy company who were there for many years when they saw the changes comingthey knew when to get out. When I think of some of the big names who have left Blizzard over the last year from developers to community managers, and we can all name the names, we know who they are, it makes me wonder what they saw coming, and what changes are coming down the pike with respect to Blizzard, to World of Warcraft, etc. that prompted all these noted individuals to leave the company, and some of them rather quickly- what changes are coming that we will not see until patch 7.0 and 7.1 go live on the retail servers.

Make no mistake- I LOVE World of Warcraft. I want the game to succeed and be around for many years to come. But I fear Blizzard is going to keep making stupid decisions that will bring an untimely end to what was otherwise a modern timeless classic of a game and caused so many to lose their love of it. They’re now capitalizing on their laurels and believing their own press, making movies and children’s storybooks about it instead of focusing on making the quality content that made the game as popular as it once was. As cartooney as the game sprites look (and I think that’s why I like it, I like cartoons anyways) I still love playing the classic content. I love running Burning Crusade old raids, I love Lich King, Icecrown Citadel is my one of my favorite raids, I even like Pandaria– it was so cool to go in at level 100 and just zerg the shit out of everything I spent 9 months wiping on in Siege of Orgrimmar. I can’t wait to solo that stuff for my meta achieves and mount at level 110 – also be able to sit back and enjoy the lore in ways I could not when people wanted to rush through the raids live. but I wish the new stuff could be just as cool and I hope they can still make decisions for the better.

And as to Blizzard shutting down Nostralius – they are well within their rights to protect their intellectual property as far as that goes, and I don’t endorse private servers, for many reasons beside piracy. (too many seedy things can go wrong)

But it speaks to the issue that the server had something people wanted to boast the numbers that it did. Blizzard had better take a good hard look at this and make some decisions about what they are going to incorporate into this game from now on if they want to keep it successful and keep people subscribed.

So far Legion alpha was showing more of the same “Facebook clicky” garbage from the WoD garrisons, and if they have more of that instead of exploratory out-in-the-world content like they did in WoD, I guarantee it’s going to fail, and fail hard.

But no one is going to kill this game except for Blizzard itself. I will stand on that statement. Right now, they’re doing a darn good job of it. Maybe if they fire some of the incompetent devs I’m thinking of and bring on some better talent they can turn this thing around.

’nuff said.

Until next time, God bless!

Bigg Jim  (aka Jade Draggon/Nyrvachan)


FF XIV, WoW Xmogs, and whatever…

4/4/16 – Roleplaying, Hobbies, FF XIV, WoW XMOGS, and Whatever…

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A drawing I did of my character Nyrva, playing World of Warcraft.

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Probably the best video game sprite adaptation of my character Nyrva ever- from Gaia Online– except I never use that site much anymore since they got TekTek.org shut down and they stopped running their zOMG mini MMO. While I made this sprite on Gaia itself, I actually made a lot of sprites on TekTek because it was the only way I could make fully nude ones. But the site was also useful for visualizing your sprite with things you couldn’t always get your hands on, on Gaia if you didn’t have the “Gaia gold” to buy it with or whatever, especially considering how screwed up and severely over-inflated that site’s game economy has long since become where everything now costs billions of gold and impossible to get. And for what? Just to pin a specific graphic item on your sprite to stand around and chat in the Rally there? Really?

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My wood elf character, Nyrva Dragonwood in a black variant version of one of her outfits. This would be Nyrva on her quest to find the ruins of her people before being taken on the road by bandits and robbed of everything she has, drugged, stripped, and left for dead. The original of this was of her in the nude, so the outfit was added later digitally.

This is Part III in my Machinima series –

World of Warcraft Meets Skyrim Part III

The instability between the worlds of Skyrim and Azeroth continue to expand and now a permanent stable portal between the two worlds has formed allowing the free passage of people and beings from either world to freely pass between Skyrim and Azeroth. To make the situation worse, Horde and Alliance soldiers entering Skyrim have also brought their fighting with them as well, and even to Skyrim’s towns and villages. This also allows the Dovahkiin, Nyrva, a first hand brief look at Elwynn Forest, seeing for herself the might of the Alliance of Azeroth. She eventually comes to realize both the Alliance and the Horde could easily plunder and destroy Skyrim, and seeks to find a way to separate their worlds again.

Problems worsen when Elisif the Fair of Solitude attempts to persuade the Alliance to help her overthrow Ulfric Stormcloak, and crush the dominant Stormcloak Rebellion for Ulfric’s alleged murder of her husband, the High King Torygg. This means Skyrim is now officially pulled into the Alliance and Horde conflict as well, as the Dragonborn, who has fought with the Stormcloaks to overthrow the Empire’s and the Aldimeri Dominion’s hold on Skyrim, assembles a group of Horde and Stormcloaks to stop Elisif’s plan. When she sees so many Stormcloaks fall to defend against Elisif’s plan, she sees how fragile the armies of Skyrim are against the more advanced armies of Alliance and the Horde.

What’s even worse are known dungeons which were part of Azeroth, that have materialized in Skyrim, have now become farming grounds for Skyrim’s natives to hunt down and claim for themselves, Azerothian weapons. As people begin to collect these weapons, new hopes of overthrowing the Aldimeri Dominion begin to surface, but it means the corruption of the people of Skyrim with weapons they were never meant to have.

The Dovahkiin also finally meets the Pandaren monk who originally came to Skyrim, whose epoch stone she left there may in fact be responsible for this whole situation. Where does it all go from here?

Side note: I also tried to throw in some fun little nods and digs to WoW players I hope people will enjoy.

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This proudly sits atop my desk- here’s my figure of Lady Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft who normally stands proudly atop my computer. (I just took her down for this shot). I don’t think it really looks like her too much, especially the face. The should have hired a better sculptor.

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I mentioned catgirl figures, this is one of them. This is my figure of Cham Cham from Samurai Showdown– I also have the normal green-haired version with the yellow tiger-striped outfit. This is blue-haired, white tiger variant, rare and hard to find, from Japan. I also have 3 different figures of Felicia from Darkstalkers.

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I just love how my Skyrim “Nyrva” looks in Forsworn gear – now it’s almost the only gear I use.

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This is another one I’d love to have a figure made of- I always considered it one of my iconic drawings of my character Nyrva, but it’s of her just drinking coffee. Wood elf drinking coffee- I just think that’s cool. Would be neat to have a figure of her standing of my desk like that.

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I normally play my character “Nyrva” as an elf, but in this case, she’s a catgirl in Final Fantasy XIV. The female elves in that game are just too disproportionate with small peanut heads on large man-like bodies with man-like shoulder widths- and those are their female elves for Pete’s sake! So “Nyrva” is a catgirl in FF XIV.

I needed another game to get into in case I decided to break from World of Warcraft – if Legion ends up being as lackluster, lacking in substantive endgame content, and cruddy as Warlords of Draenor has been. I play a bit more passive on Final Fantasy XIV right now which is why my character is still in the noob zone at level 13. But I least have another game to dive into if needed.

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So far the only outfit I do like for my toon in this game is her starter gear, so I guess once I figure out what this game’s version of transmogrification is maybe I can set her best gear to look like her starter set? I have no idea how that works yet. Apparently one toon can play all classes and never has to trash their gear. It’s not like World of Warcraft where each toon has their set class with gear restrictions based upon that class. FF XIV reminds me a lot of when I played Final Fantasy Tactics on the original Playstation when every character in the party learned all jobs/classes- leveled them all, could be/play them all, etc. Except in this case you have one toon who can literally become a “jack of all trades, master of all”.

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Oh, noes! They killed her! I got in over my head against some mobs. Apparently you don’t “die” you’re just “KO’ed” but what’s the difference? You can’t continue playing until you “awaken” your character wherever they are set to “hearth” back to, or unless someone rezzes you and there is, like in WoW, the matter of durability damage every time you get KO’ed just like when you die in WoW- which means “good job, Captain Repair Bill” when you “die for being stupid” like I did in this case.

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One thing for sure about FF XIV, very story-rich, a lot of RP like in WoW during many of the main story line quests for your character. So that’s always a plus. But in this case, unlike being just “hero” or “champion” like in WoW, just another “warrior” for the Alliance or Horde, your character in FF XIV IS the story. This story is about YOU, the hero. There is no “Alliance” or “Horde”, no factions, YOU are the star of the story in FF XIV.

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Moving onto World of Warcraft transmog, This is a mockup of a Frostwolf transmog leather set sold in Vol’jin’s Spear in Tanaan– but this comes from a toybox item. So my hunter can wear the toybox item for a half hour- I actually like her in it. But since the real set is leather it won’t transmog onto her mail set.

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Another shot of my hunter in the toybox item set.

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This is my monk wearing the leather set.

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And another shot. Monks in World of Warcraft have shitty transmog choices prior to Pandaria especially due to limited transmog tier options. So it’s hard to find decent sets. But just imagine how shitty it will be for Demon Hunters in Legion since they won’t be able to use any tier prior to Legion.

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Still one of my favorite boss encounters of all, along with Garrosh Hellscream himself, the Lich King. And I got my monk here, getting a picture with the Lich King wearing her Shado Pan transmog.

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The Shado Pan NPC, Tenwu of the Red Smoke dons the chest and legs of the Rogue’s Tier 6 armor from the Black Temple, so I did the same thing with my own Rogue and made her look like a Shado Pan as well and like my monk, Milwaukee, using the Underdweller Spaulder shoulder set from Dragon Soul, to be worn on them in the same fashion as Taran Zhu’s single tiger head shoulder piece. To top it off, I formed my own guild for her called <Shado Pan> along side my own <Brew City Horde> guild, and made her the only toon in it. So now my rogue, Yakusa, runs around with <Shado Pan> under her name in addition to looking like one, and having for herself, the name of the Japanese Mafia as her own name. (Pandaren, mock-Asian panda race, a rogue is your basic “thief class”, so… “Yakusa” is a perfect name to me.) To really add to it I made her my jewelcrafter. So your basic thief class, named after the Japanese Mafia, picks locks, picks pockets, is the one who cuts the gems and jewels, etc. – I just loved the total package of it all.

A WoW Machinima Tribute – For Han Solo

A tribute to Han Solo, one of my all time favorite childhood heros, brutally killed by an emo punk Kylo Ren, who desperately deserves to die. So I put that in a machinima, and I hope he dies in the next Star Wars VIII. And I think Snoke is Darth Plageius the Wise, I don’t care what others think, so there! 😛

Machinima – “Party Like a Rock Star” Hair Metal version

Everyone knows the song by the Shop Boyz, but this is a machinima I just released with my characters and the L90ETC Tauren Chieftans jamming to the HAIR METAL version of the song- artists unknown. It was something I found on iTunes under the name Radical Re-Interpretions but they credit absolutely no musicians as far as who played what on the song. (the jerks!) but it sounds like Mark Slaughter on vocals to me, not sure who else might be playing.

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A shot of my Skyrim toon clone of Nyrva strirring soup. I caught Sylvanas Windrunner doing that since I have her as a Skyrim follower as well. But missed out getting a shot of it, that was trippy. I hope to catch her in the act at some point and put it on this blog. What kind of soup would the Banshee Queen make? lol!

And FOUL on killing Superman in Batman vs Superman, if you bring him back, that’s BS. That whole thing of killing off characters and bringing them back has been done into the ground and done to death. It’s just so old, give it a rest already. Leave Superman dead then.

Despite the one issue, I LOVED Batman vs Superman despite many critic reviews and fans poo-pooing the movie. But I think for myself and my opinion is my own. I am actually looking forward to the Wonder Woman movie and the Justice League movie as well. I’m not so interested in Suicide Squad– that’s like playing Grand Theft Auto to me, I’m more into the heroes, I don’t care about the villains. I like to see the good guys beat the villains, but I’m oldschool, so I’ll leave it at that.

That’s all I got for now! Until next time, next blog!

Peace out! God bless!

Feel free to comment me on Twitter! @Nyrvachan

Until next time.

Bigg Jim

aka Jade Draggon/Nyrvachan


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