Since Wrath came out, there seems to be a lot of speculation of some classes becoming endangered species, such as warlocks and rogues. I've heard this pondering question of “where have all the warlocks gone?” a few times over the last month, and it's starting to be a more frequent question and topic of discussion.
Warlocks are not the only class that seems to have diminished during the quest for 80. Today over at WoWInsider, there was a post and a poll about the least played classes. To be honest, I wasn't surprised that Death Knights are topping the popularity charts at the moment, but I was a bit surprised to see how low rogues and warlocks have fallen on the WoW player totem pole.
Is it really an epidemic?
Do we need to raise awareness to save ourselves? Nah. I doubt it. Interestingly enough, when I rolled Syrana, there was a shortage of warlocks on my old server. Well, not just any ol' shortage, but a shortage of raiding warlocks. This helped push Syrana's leveling speed and allowed her a brief stint as a raiding warlock in that guild.
How are we fairing on Eitrigg?
Well, in our guild, I'm the highest level warlock (at least for the time being, it could change!) and she's still my main. There are a couple others that have warlock mains, but they haven't gotten quite as high yet and have been working on alts. There are also several guildies with warlock alts. Hmm, there are also only a couple high level rogues as well (Sideshow being one of them) and a few rogue alts.
According to Warcraft Realms, Eitrigg server class population (including Horde and Alliance) is represented by 6% shamans, 7% priests, and warlocks and rogues are tied at 8%. Death Knights and hunters are shown as the most popular classes with 17% and 15% representation, respectively. This seems to be following the trend shown for many servers and as reported amongst the comments on the WoWInsider post.
We ain't dead yet!
The picture looks a bit different when you examine by faction. On the Alliance side of Eitrigg, the lowest 3 represented classes are shamans at 5%, priests at 7% and warlocks at 7%. On the Horde side, warlocks are considered to be tied for 3rd of the most represented classes. Huh. Death Knights still top the charts at a whopping 19%. Hunters are second with 15%, but warlocks are tied with paladins at 10%.
Finally, to the summary…
Of course the talk and speculation are just that: talk and speculation. I'm certainly not going to say the above figures are set in stone, as they are dependent upon the WoW community to help collect the data. But, for all you high levels out there…. take a look around Dalaran, for example. You really don't see warlocks and rogues as much as you used to. (Well, you aren't really supposed to “see” rogues, I guess…)
The Winter Veil achievement, “Let It Snow” was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be. (Ok, not saying it was a real challenge, but wasn't as easy breezey as it initially sounded.) I know I was constantly getting hit with snowflakes followed by announcements of my attackers *smirk* earning the achievement.
Anyhow, it's food for thought, at any rate. Why the decline? Why do some continue to be “the” main? One thing is for sure: The people that are leveling these “so-called” unpopular classes to 80, really love their class. And I do. I love my warlock. /hug Syrana
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