Here are some observations regarding the state of WvW for Tier 1 since I've been in SBI for the last month:
1. The number of old timers have dropped substantially. The names I saw in EB and the borderlands have changed drastically over the last week or 2. Quite a few are under 80s and I am sure that most are not alts. The newbies had to be educated on WvW siege uses, etc. There is a 2nd wave of newcomers but not enough to make up for lost numbers. We are usually outmanned on 1 or more maps at all time zones. At least 50% of the old SBI commanders are missing.
2. The drop is sudden, both in Asia and NA prime. There are many reasons but I won't speculate because we don't have data from Anet. Some of what I know/read from WvWers is burnout, rewards, etc.
3. Also, the drop in JQ for Asian time zone was dramatic for the last 2 weeks also. (Except for Asia prime yesterday).
From what you have said, it seems that it's happening to T1 servers (and probably other tiers). This trend is likely irreversible unless something drastic is done. And since Anet doesn't make money from WvW it will not be a priority due to the number of programmers/developers they have. Hence the Feb update has a 60% chance of being too little too late. Pardon me for the bleak outlook but their track record for WvW since beta shows that they don't care for WvW enough, there are very few companies that put the gamer above profits (long and short term). That said, I will keep on playing for a while because I love WvW and killing people.
Cirus, on 06 December 2012 - 02:27 AM, said:
Are there actually any facts out there regarding coverage?
I'm on during the Oceanic and Euro prime times and SoS never has superior numbers, last night for example SBI and JQ equaled our coverage, if not JQ had greater numbers than the other two.
Right now it's 6pm in California and there is not a single queue. (I rarely play at this time but it looks like all 3 servers have a significant presence on every BL)
Anecdotal evidence and perceptions are useless at best, people tend to look with their emotion.
Edited by Fannwong, 06 December 2012 - 02:52 AM.