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#1 JohnFireEye

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:05 PM

Hi there,

I've been following the forums for a while now, and there seems to be quite a few threads about race & professions combinations, about which ones are the most - or least - frequent, or about which combinations are the most fitting lorewise.

There are already some polls here on Guru but, as some people pointed out, they didn't get enough votes to be considered a very representative of the reality in game. Also, the latest polls were created right after the last Beta Weekend, and therefore they may be slightly biaised due to the fact that asura and sylvari had just been introduced.

There is, however, a pretty big database of race & professions choices (among other things) which has been around for quite a while: GW2 Census. I assume a lot of you know it already. The database currently has over 30000 characters, and you can create fancy charts with it. Obviously, it's still not perfectly representative of the choices players will make for their characters, but the database is large enough to give a pretty good idea of which combinations will be the most popular.

However, the GW Census charts are a bit limited, as they only allow you to compare 2 variables. I was curious to know which race & profession combinations were going the most and least popular, so I created a spreadsheet with numbers and percentages. You can see it here. I hope you find it useful. I wanted to also add gender choices in the tables, but unfortunately, due to the limitations of the Census' charts, it's not possible to figure it out.

Edit: GoodAndy from GW2 Census was kind enough to let me access some more detailed data, so gender is now included in the spreadsheet! Make sure to check his other project, GW Den.


TL;DR: Here be fancy spreadsheet and charts with colours showing popular race/prof combos.



Edit: Spreadsheet updated 14/08/2012.
Edit 2: Spreadsheet updated 18/08/2012 (now also includes gender choices).

Edited by JohnFireEye, 18 August 2012 - 05:54 PM.


#2 spergburger

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:10 PM

Fairly standard.

Human Engineer.

Not too mainstream, but not too hipster.

#3 MustacheBandit

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:14 PM

View Postspergburger, on 04 August 2012 - 04:10 PM, said:

Fairly standard.

Human Engineer.

Not too mainstream, but not too hipster.

anything human is mainstream

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:17 PM

View PostMustacheBandit, on 04 August 2012 - 04:14 PM, said:

anything human is mainstream

Ahh, but I have the least popular human choice.

Most popular race, least popular class of the race. That seems like a good, smack in the middle thing if you ask me.

#5 Phat Max

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:24 PM

Human mesmer is the most popular choice? That comes as quite a shock to me, considering how many people seem not like the profession in its current form. Then again, total representation of the prof is fairly in line with the others.

Norn Mesmer for me! *Puts on hipster shades*

Not really intentional, but what better way to be tanky than to have 4 giant Norn running around blocking LoS (Literally)? :)

#6 Red J

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:37 PM

I found that of all race and profession combinations, I like sylvari ranger best.

That makes me mainstream I guess.

Edited by Red J, 04 August 2012 - 04:37 PM.


#7 Zinn

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:50 PM

Santa says nobody likes a hipster.

#8 nennafir

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:40 PM

Hi!

First, thanks for making up the chart!  It shows a lot of fun information and I appreciate it.

Second, I think the problem with GW2 Census is it started taking preferences too long ago and isn't really up to date with the current game.  For example, I saw a lot of human engineers in BW3 and I suspect it is more popular than the chart indicates.

They should maybe clear their data and have everyone resubmit a couple of weeks or so into the start of the game.  I think results will be different then (although obviously some trends should continue, like everyone will still probably love humans.)

#9 Canti sama

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:43 PM

Charr/Guardian... Guess that makes me a hipster.

#10 Korra

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:53 PM

Human elementalist... that makes me Korra. Deal with it.

#11 Caledore

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:10 PM

Human elementalist, which is very mainstream, but I hate hipsters, so I don't care!

I sort of get people wanting to be an uncommon class combination, but the people who can't stand to play a common combination somewhat baffle me. It's an MMO, so no matter what, you'll never be a unique snowflake.

#12 Devire

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:17 PM

This was very interesting.

Human Thief for me.

#13 Arys

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

Sylvari Warrior - 3rd least picked. <3
I love being hipster. 8)

#14 Red J

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:26 PM

To be honest, I don't trust that chart. I find it hard to believe that Sylvari Warrior is less popular than Sylvari Engineer.

#15 Nayukhuut

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:12 PM

Right smack on the top of mainstream apparently with my Sylvari ranger. :)

#16 Isarien

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:15 PM

Sylvari Guardian. Pretty middle of the road, actually.

#17 WasiKaBooM

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:17 PM

View PostRed J, on 04 August 2012 - 09:26 PM, said:

To be honest, I don't trust that chart. I find it hard to believe that Sylvari Warrior is less popular than Sylvari Engineer.

Yeah, thats weird. Anyway, two of my top 3 remaining choices would be around the 1% mark (Sylvari Warrior and Asura Ranger) and the third one at 2,73% (Sylvari Thief, frontrunner at the moment)

#18 Mr_Finesse

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:18 PM

Hipster baby...Asuran Ranger.

#19 Silent Shroud

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:20 PM

Going for Norn Necro.. Actually, being Norn just came up on last Stress Test! I thought "well, the only race I haven't tried... lets give it a try" and DAMN! I love those tatoos and Shiverpeaks... brings me so good memories from running to droks in GW1... and MIneral Springs!

#20 Slashiroth

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:20 PM

Cool site ;)

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#21 Kikinho

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:21 PM

Being hipster is too mainstream now.
Also i still can't decide which race/prof combo i want. Can't decide on charr thief/engin or sylvari thief. Eather way i am not too mainstream nor hipster :P

#22 LemmingHerder

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:21 PM

Completely mainstream for me. As much as it might bug me, I will be one of many sylvari rangers...

Edited by LemmingHerder, 04 August 2012 - 10:22 PM.


#23 Kikinho

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:25 PM

View PostLemmingHerder, on 04 August 2012 - 10:21 PM, said:

Completely mainstream for me. As much as it might bug me, I will be one of many sylvari rangers...
It shouln't bug you, noone else has the sylvari ranger that you made. :D

#24 Itheyln

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:27 PM

View PostKikinho, on 04 August 2012 - 10:21 PM, said:

Being hipster is too mainstream now.

Soo true, as a highschool student, i watched the fall of hipsters first hand when i saw hundreds of kids running around in cheesy hipster shades and cardigans...

back on track however, it totally depends on the combination for me, sometimes mainstream is right and a certain combination is just awkward looking... however other times it can be totally bad ass to have the random tiny warrior running around with a sword twice his size... :P

#25 Shamadamun

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:30 PM

Very balanced. Female Sylvari Thief.

#26 JWZ

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:40 PM

Asura (3rd race) Guardian (3rd profession for this race).

I guess that doesn't make me a hipster nor a mainstream guy.

Edited by JWZ, 04 August 2012 - 10:40 PM.


#27 Sebyos

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 03:33 AM

Lol my favorite race by far is the Norn and my top 3 professions are thief, necro and mesmer. Oh well.

#28 Baraccus

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:01 AM

human guardian

#29 Melanie

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:45 AM

Norn Engineer..and what the hell is a hipster... kids and their "slang".

#30 Grayle

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:52 AM

Asura Engineer and a Charr Guardian will be my two main toons at launch, so, I guess, super mainstream and hipster cred at the same time?





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