druid forms at last!
July 29, 2010
Druid forms; phew! It’s taken a while. The count of moonkin and tree forms was always straightforward since these forms derive from a talent. But now, thanks to all my correspondents on the question of feral druids and thanks to the power of modern datamining packages, I’m happy that I’ve got a reasonable estimate of those level 80 feral raiders who favour bear form and those who favour cat form.
The number of unclassifiable ferals is still a bit high but that is mainly due to the number of feral druids who do not raid. Only a tiny number of feral raiders really have an equal investment in cattish and bearish talents and glyphs. There may also be roles for cats and bears in PvP, but I don’t have a solution for estimating those.
Still we’ve got most of the answers we were after.
These numbers are for patch 3.3.3 and are the percentages based on all level 80 druids. So without further ado:
|Feral Raiders Cat-oriented||11%|
|Feral Raiders Bear-oriented||17%|
If we estimate cats and bears as a percentage of feral combat druids only, we get this:
|Feral Raiders Cat-oriented||33%|
|Feral Raiders Bear-oriented||50%|
Percentages are based on active specs only, to keep things simple. That still strikes me as reasonable, over a large sample, since the percentages reflect what you’d see in-game on average.
I’ve got a couple more posts to come which explain in detail how the feral estimates are derived. And I’ll put up the data set so interested people can have a play around with it and see if there is any better way to cluster the bears and the cats. I’ll also add these tables to my druids reports over at the Google appengine site.
But that’s as good an estimate as I know how to get. And it was a fun ride getting to this point too.