So World of Warcraft Classic drops this month. Maybe you haven't played since original, or you're just returning after one of the middle expansions, like Mists of Pandaria or Cataclysm. You're not sure if you want to replay the same class you originally chose, or pick something new. Thankfully, there's always the time honoured tradition: seeing what everyone else is picking.
Blizzard hasn't released official stats of all the choices just yet, but there is something just as powerful with as much insight into our daily needs and wants: Google. Google Trends is a great tool for seeing some of the random crap that people end up searching, but it's also super useful when you want to see what classes and subclasses most people are interested in.
You can only use Google Trends to compare five items at a time, so it takes a little bit of time to gauge what the five most popular classes are. But after limiting the searches to the last 90 days — because search interest always tracks higher as you get closer to betas and release — the most popular class is also the most unsurprising: Warriors, with the highest frequency of searches from Queensland.
But interest in Hunters, Mages and Priests wasn't far behind, showing that WoW Classic might have a little more diversity in the Oceanic servers this time around. Let's be real though: everyone's still going to be begging Mages for food and portals.
If you swap the keywords around a little, assuming people search for the class first and then WoW Classic, you get a similar result: Warriors on top, Hunters second and Mages and Priests neck and neck at third:
Using Warriors as the baseline, and having eliminated the other classes out of the top five by process of elimination, we can then gauge interest in the other WoW Classic classes. Rogues and Druids are naturally the most appealing, while Paladins are on the bottom.
I am surprised that there's so much interest in Hunters. Maybe people forgot what it was like being kited by Mages exclusively between five and eight feet. In any case, at least we can all appreciate that Paladins are completely unloved, as they should be.