You know something I don't miss from 2004? Running around an area only to hear the dull sound of some arsehole sneaking around two seconds before I get seventy thousand knives in my back. So naturally, that's precisely what's become more popular in the week leading up to the World of Warcraft: Classic.
Last time I checked in with how Australians were shaping up ahead of the WoW Classic launch, the general breakdown was what you'd expect. Warriors were popular back in the day and they were popular amongst those looking into classes and guides ahead of the vanilla game's relaunch, with the class the most searched in Australia over the last month. That was followed closely by Hunters, Mages and Priests, with Warlocks hovering just underneath that.
But in the last week, interest has spread out quite a bit. There's been a huge surge of interest in Rogues particularly — they were one of the least popular classes a fortnight ago, but now interest in in the backstabbing arseholes is just notching out every other class. Warriors are still popular, but not as popular as Mages, Priests or even Hunters.
Shamans, Paladins and Druids are comfortably the three least popular classes by far, although lack of interest in the Shaman is probably also partially influenced by their exclusivity. (Paladins are exclusive too, but they're also Paladins, so they deserve to be at the bottom.)
The state by state breakdowns are always fun, if only because it feeds slightly into the stereotype for each of those states. Using the five most popular classes from the earlier searches, we can see that rogues have the highest share of searches in Victoria and New South Wales — the biggest, most cutthroat cities, so that makes total sense. Mages are equally as popular in New South Wales, but beyond that the interest is more broad (probably due to bigger sample size, really).
South Australia has a much higher interest in warriors and priests, while mages and hunters pop up more for Western Australians. There's not enough data for Tasmania, the ACT or the Northern Territory, but interest in priests has spiked in Queensland, which was mostly Warrior central this time a fortnight ago.
I'm still sticking to an Alliance Warlock this time around, unless some friends pop out of the woodwork and convince me otherwise. (I played a Tauren Warrior last time, but I'm not even remotely keen for another bout of Barrens chat, or RSI.)