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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)


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