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 Account for Login

Blizzard has released a new API. With the new API, you can now use your 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.

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