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WoW Subscriptions Down 5% Since 10/10

During the post-earnings conference call where Activision Blizzard unveiled Diablo III beta plans, there was also discussion of World of Warcraft subscription levels, noted by Kotaku. Word is the MMORPG, which was announced to have more than 12 million subscribers in October 2010, currently "only" has 11.4 million subscribers, which, after several hours of number crunching, the computer bank in the BlueTower says is a five percent drop off. Gamasutra notes that Blizzard president Michael Morhaime spoke of addressing this: "We need to be faster at delivering content to players," he says. "And so that's one of the reasons that we're looking to decrease the amount of time in-between expansions."

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25. Re: WoW Subscriptions Down 5% Since 10/10 May 10, 2011, 08:54 eunichron
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on May 9, 2011, 23:46:
eunichron wrote on May 9, 2011, 23:17:
The talents have been cookie cutter since release. The first year or so there was leeway, but that was primarily because no one knew wtf they were doing.
Hardly. Up until Wrath, most dps and healer classes were using dual tree builds. Even in TBC, classes were doing split tree builds. The problem as it stands now is there is no breathing room in what you do. You *must* fill a tree. You must go this route, you must do this. Yeah...lot of people didn't like that.

I don't think you really understand what "cookie cutter" means. It has nothing to do with filling a tree, or being forced to fill a tree. Cookie cutter means there is one acceptable spec for a given class, role, and play style (PvE or PvP). Hybrid and split tree builds are still cookie cutter, because there was only ever one acceptable way of doing them. This has been true pretty much since BWL... MC was kind of the test of the waters, no one really knew the classes, hell, Blizzard themselves didn't really even know what they were doing (hence the big patch class revamps of vanilla WoW).

Yeah, bad players (not casuals) might have not followed cookie cutter specs, but one could not expect to make it in a serious, or even a semi-casual, raiding guild without one.
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