May 28, 2010
Quoted from Warcraft Hunter's Union:
MMO-Champion has an interesting post on rated battleground balance, in which they look at the average win percentage for each class with different minimum gear levels. Unsurprisingly for anyone familiar with the state of Cataclysm hunter pvp, hunters have the lowest win percentage of any class in every minimum gear level examined.
What I found was interesting about the article is that the difference between classes was relatively low. In the chart above, for example, MMO-C found that hunters with a minimum ilvl of 370 won 53.3% of their games. Meanwhle the leading class, mages, won 57.55% of their games. While it sucks to be on the low end and hunters have demonstrable issues in pvp, we’re forced to admit that according to this data hunters aren’t really all that far behind in rated bgs (note: this is not looking at arena, where class balance is highlighted much more).
Of course there are a lot of factors that we can’t take into account with statistics like this, including selection bias — the idea that because hunters are poor in pvp the only teams that have hunters are ones that have exceptionally skilled hunters. We have no way of knowing if that’s happening or not, statistically.
Either way, I love it when people put together verifiable data about class balance, and this is one of the best examples I’ve seen for the pvp world. Be sure to check out the balance across all the different minimum ilvls over at MMO-C.
So what do you think — are hunters really only lagging behind the best pvp class in the game (which also happens to be the highest pve dps class at the moment) by a mere 4% in rated bgs? Or is there something else this isn’t taking into account? Or does rated bg balance not really matter and arena is still the one true measure of pvp ability?
It would seem to show we're lagging a bit but it could be for any number of reasons really. It could be down to the class not being as strong as others but hunters are definately not a poor choice for RBG's generally. I know a lot of top ranked teams run specific setups that dont include a hunter (normally mage, warlock, x). Maybe people struggle to play hunters well or not knowing the role in the RBG?
A bit difficult to say, there may be a lot of people playing hunter alts and not doing so well etc.