Ladder Week 2 Class Distribution in Diablo II: Resurrected - More Diversity?
16/05/2022 alle 07:53
We've completed Week 2 of Diablo II: Resurrected's first Ladder season, and more characters are being created on the Ladders -- nearly double the numbers as the first week.
I created one (barely) level 10 character for each class on the Expansion Normal ladder to get snapshots of server populations and class distributions, as this is the easiest way to estimate numbers on the Ladder. By looking at the ranking of the Level 10 characters I created, I can get an approximate rank for each of the classes at this point. This creates a small error margin of about 100 Level 10s, since I was not always able to hit Level 10 exactly perfectly, but with each one I was able to get them out within a fraction of a bubble after they hit their level. I also decided to go with Level 10s rather than Level 1s for a simple reason: it eliminates mule characters.
The D2:R Ladder is not easy to navigate, requiring paging through
of entries with only 14 showing at a time -- it would require clicking through 68,358 pages to get to number 937,000. So SorcTracker, DruidTracker, NecroTracker and friends to the rescue!
I have also decided only to cover the Expansion Normal ladder, which accounts for over 90% of Ladder participation. This is where we will be able to track overall trends better.
Week 2 Population Analyzed
In Week 1, there were 403,044 characters above level 20 (when I was still counting the hard way). In Week 2, there are approximately 957,210 characters above level 10. While this makes it a little hard to compare, we can assume that there were not 554,166 characters between levels 10-19 in Week 1, especially since at the time we had counted about 500,000 on the entire Expansion Normal ladder at that time.
Week 2 Class Composition Analyzed
Compared to last week, we're starting to see diversity opening up somewhat in the ranks. Here is a chart showing the relative percentage gains and one big loss between Weeks 1 and 2 among the classes:
As you can see,
(388,0940, 40.5%) and
(246,546, 25.8%) are still on top, but Sorceress' dominant position actually dropped considerably after the first week (Week 1, 53%) and Paladins (Week 1, 24.3%) remained relatively static. In some ways, this isn't a surprise, since Sorceress and Paladin are both great classes for those who want to sprint out of the gates to become Magic Find characters, so it stands to reason that these would be very popular the first week and that popularity might wane by the second week. However, the big drop of the Sorceress is unexpected. Sorceress has always been a dominant force in D2, but then again, Ladder is also a time where people may wish to do some class experimentation.
The big winner was the Amazon (81,278), which is now the #3 class on Ladder, up from #5. Much of this can likely be placed at the feet of
, the World First 99 Ladder character who plays the Lightning Javazon. While Lightning Javazon has always been a popular class build, I don't think anyone would have predicted that the World First 99 would have been anything other than some flavor of Paladin or Sorceress. As a fan of the Amazon class, it makes me happy to see it getting some of the love and attention it deserves.
Looking at the rankings overall, Sorceress and Paladin still hold the number 1 and 2 spots respectively, which given the commanding lead in the first week is no surprise. Assassin also remains last, with the smallest percentage gains of any class. Both Amazon and Barbarians rose enough to give the Amazon a two-rank jump and for the Barbarian to edge out Druid by a 0.1%, taking Barbarian from 6 to 5, but dropping Druid two places from 4 to 6. Although showing strong numbers, Necromancers were nonetheless demoted from Rank 3 to Rank 4, likely due to the World First 99 effect.
Week 1 Rank
Week 2 Rank
Now that the newness of the Ladder has passed, will we see more changes in the Ladder next week? While I don't expect to see Sorceress and Paladin knocked down from their thrones any time soon, it will be interesting as more people reach the highest levels what cues other players will take from their successes to make their own.
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