Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wowtrack Introduces PvE Power and Forecasts the Legion Race

PvE Power is a statistical model developed by Wowtrack. Based on the past performance of players, it predicts the expected performance of guilds in the upcoming raid content. PvE Power is expressed as a value between 0 and 1,000. The value is roughly proportional to the order of magnitude of the expected rank of a guild.

We have just published our forecast for the Patch 7.0: Legion race. You can browse both the global ranking forecast, and our per-realm forecasts.

The PvE Power model uses methods of statistical learning and modelling, and has shown good performance in back testing on historic data. But of course, past performance is no guarantee for future precision, and time will be the ultimate judge.

Enjoy the Legion race!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wowtrack Update for Legion

Transition to Legion

Wowtrack is transitioning to World of Warcraft: Legion. As part of that transition, we will disable updates on guilds and characters on Monday, August 29, 2016. Updates will resume once Legion has launched in both the EU and the US. If you have any last-minute progress to be noted for patch 6.2, please be sure to manually update your guild and/or character before that point.

Once updates resume, guild rosters will only show characters that have reached the new level cap of 110. Existing characters will reappear on the guild roster once they have reached the new level cap.

As usual, until the progression race starts, we will be ranking guilds by their average item level as they gear up for the race. We are also working on a new metric called PvE Power, and more information on this will follow as we get closer to the start of the race.

Features and Enhancements

We have added support for automatic Twitter posts, and if you are a Twitter user, you may want to use this to let your friends know about your progress in the Legion content.

In addition, we have implemented some quality of life enhancements on the web site: a search field is now available on guild and characters sub pages, and when adding guilds to our index, the realm field is now auto-completing.

For our popular character signatures, we have added support for the highest Mythic+ Dungeon Level reached, and you can choose to include that statistic in your signature. Mythic+ Dungeons are a new PvE progression path introduced with Legion. At this time, our statistic is based on achievements, and thus only levels 2, 5, 10, and 15 are detected.

Finally, we have added a Data API, allowing to request raw guild ranking and progression data from our platform. This is intended for guild websites and the like who want to process and render this data directly. Of course, our responsive HTML plugins continue to be available as well.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for suggesting and discussing most of these enhancements. If you have ideas for improving Wowtrack, please continue to let us know.





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Automatic Twitter Posts

Ready to level up to 100 and defeat new bosses?

Once you have reached the level cap or defeated a boss for the first time, Wowtrack can now automatically post to your social networks to let the world (of Twitter) know about this!

To enable this functionality, please proceed as follows:

  1. Log in to Wowtrack using Battle.net.
  2. Go to the Settings page, and connect your Twitter account:

  3. Visit any of your characters, and check the relevant options in the Profile section under Social Network Posts:

  4. Click Update Profile.
That's it.

The result, on Twitter, will look something like this:


Happy leveling, and happy progressing!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wowtrack Update for Warlords of Draenor

Wowtrack has been updated for the upcoming release of the game's next expansion: Warlords of Draenor. As the expansion brings significant changes to raiding, we have taken this opportunity to do a comprehensive update of the website. This blog post describes the update in detail.

Use Your Battle.net Account for Login

Blizzard has released a new Battle.net API. With the new API, you can now use your Battle.net account to log in to Wowtrack in a secure way. As a side effect, you can authorize Wowtrack to learn which World of Warcraft characters are yours, and the rather painful process of claiming a character is gone for good.

Brackets Are Gone

WoD replaces the 10/25-man dual progression with a new system where normal and heroic raids are flexible with regard to the group size, and mythic raids are at a fixed 20-man size. For this reason, we have removed the 10/25-man brackets and switched to one unified ranking. The guild ranking is now based on three simple criteria (in this order):
  1. The highest difficulty where a guild has killed a boss (normal, heroic, mythic)
  2. The number of bosses killed on that difficulty
  3. The time of the last progression (earlier is better)
Almost the same criteria are used to determine the progression percentile of characters. The only difference is that LFR difficulty is considered as well if this is the highest difficulty a character is playing.

Connected Realms

During the Mists of Pandaria expansion, connected realms have been introduced to the game and are now widely enabled. The game is now almost completely played on connected realms: guilds can have members from connected realms, in-game leaderboards have been switched to connected realms, etc. For this reason, we have changed the realm ranking to rank guilds from connected realms together. We believe that this is now the most meaningful way to do a realm ranking. If you have strong feelings about this change, please be sure to let us know.

Responsive Design

World of Warcraft is a PC game. Yet, over the past years, we have seen an increase in mobile access to the website that has easily crossed the 10% boundary. For this reason, we have used a responsive design when redesigning Wowtrack. This means that the site continues to look good on the desktop, but at the same time dynamically responds to smaller screen sizes such as those found on tablets and mobile phones. On small displays, the content is rearranged and less important information is suppressed to ensure a great browsing experience.

More to Come

There is more to come over the coming weeks and months, and we will provide updates in this space. If there is anything you miss, please use the Contact Us function on the website to send us a message, or to post a suggestion. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Maintenance Announcement

With the release of patch 6.0 approaching, we are taking the time next weekend to upgrade Wowtrack to a new site design with new features for Warlords of Draenor. Wowtrack will be unavailable from Friday, October 10, 21:00 CEST to Sunday, October 12, 23:00 CEST.

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar

Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar is being released on September 10, 2013. Rankings on Wowtrack have been switched over to the new raid tier with its 14 encounters. As usual, the first week will be normal mode only, with heroic mode becoming available in the second week.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria is about to launch in less than 10 days! Time for a quick update on what has been going on at Wowtrack.

Guilds

The guild pages on Wowtrack have been expanded over the past weeks. First, a patch history section has been added:


The patch history shows the overall performance of a guild over the game patches. This information was available previously by browsing the patches using the patch drop-down located in the top-right corner. I hope you agree that the compact patch history table is neater.

Second, as guilds change realm using the Guild Master Realm Transfer procedure, their guild history is now displayed on the guild page:


The guild history is only shown for guilds with at least one recorded transfer. This way of handling guild transfers ensures that past performance and current ranking details remain with a guild on Wowtrack even if not all members transfer immediately.You can see this feature in action by browsing the newly opened EU Italian language realms where a lot guilds are transferring to at this time.

News

For a long time, Wowtrack has offered a personalized news feature, including push notifications. This feature has now been expanded to offer a contextual news flash shown on the right-hand side of the home page (world news), realm pages, guild pages, and character pages. From each news flash, you can switch to a full-sized news page that also provides an RSS feed for subscription.


The personalized news page based on your favorite guilds and characters continues to be accessible by clicking the News tab. However, we have stopped the direct integration of Boxcar push notifications. Users of Boxcar (or any other push notification service) can now subscribe to any RSS feed offered by Wowtrack, which ultimately is a more flexible solution.

As an external push notification or reader service must be able to access your personalized RSS feed without logging in, your feed is protected by an API key that is part of the feed URL. If you believe that your API key has been compromised, you can regenerate it at any time on your Profile page.

Last but not least, news items now provide an improved sharing tooltip allowing you to share news on the three popular social networks shown below:


Transition into Mists of Pandaria

On Monday, 17.09.2012, 12:00 CEST, Wowtrack will begin to update character encounter progress again. As posted earlier, we had to disable this function as achievements became account-wide. While the solution we have in place now is not as accurate time-wise as the one based on achievements, I hope you will agree that having an approximate update is better than no update at all. Guild encounter progress will remain based on loot.

On Monday, 24.09.2012, 12:00 CEST, Wowtrack will switch over to Mists of Pandaria. At that point, Cataclysm patches will become inactive, and no further progress updates for this content will be recorded by Wowtrack. Please be sure to manually update your character or guild before this point in case you have made any progress you want to be recorded on Wowtrack.

On Monday, 01.10.2012, 12:00 CEST, Wowtrack will switch its default patch to Mists of Pandaria. The default guild ranking will be Mists of Pandaria content, and guild rosters will only display level 90 characters. Character updating will focus on level 90 characters, and Wowtrack will not pick up new characters below that level.