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Pet Score FAQ, Plus Improved Collection Filters

February 05, 2013
It's been just over two weeks since we introduced pet score to members of WarcraftPets, along with a bunch of major site updates. Since that time, we've been closely monitoring everyone's scores.

During the first week, we made a few adjustments to our formula and the current formula appears to be working well. The following FAQ explains where things stand as of today:

QuestionHow is pet score calculated?

AnswerYour score is primarily determined by the total number of unique pets you've collected and the quality of those pets. To a lesser extent, your pets' levels play a role. Here is the formula we use to calculate pet score:
   2*(total unique pets)
+  4*(avg. pet level)
+  1*(total common pets)
+  2*(total uncommon pets)
+  3*(total rare pets)
+  5*(total epic pets)
+ 10*(total legendary pets)

   Pet Score
Only unique pets are factored into pet score. Also notice that even though we use a multiplier of 4 to determine the level portion of your score, it's your average pet level that's being assessed. So you'd have to level a lot of pets by several levels to see a real difference in your score.


QuestionHow do you weigh duplicate pets into my stats and pet score?

AnswerWe don't. Duplicate pets do not count toward your stats or pet score in any way.

For example, if you have 75 pets at the max level, but 10 are duplicates, your max level stat will be 65 (despite any pet leveling achievements you may have earned). Any pet that's tinted in orange is considered a duplicate. Only unique pets are used to determine your pet score and other statistics.


QuestionHow do you determine which pets are considered unique or duplicates?

AnswerThe highest level of the highest quality pet (among duplicates) is considered your "unique" pet. Unique pets are the ones factored into your pet stats and pet score. We prioritze pets by quality first, followed by level, and then by whether or not the pet was given a custom name:

Quality   →   Level   →   Name

For example, say you have three of the same pet: a level 23 Uncommom, a level 18 Rare and a level 21 Common named Bob. The level 18 Rare would be considered your "unique" pet because it is the one with the highest rarity (even though it also has the lowest level).


QuestionHow can someone with less pets or pets of a much lower level have a higher score than me?

AnswerIf you look at the formula, you'll notice that the quality of your pets plays a significant role in determining your score. So if someone has more rare pets, their score might be higher even if their unique pet count and average pet level are lower than yours. In fact, even if you have more rare pets than they do, their score might still be higher due to having several more uncommon pets while you have more common and poor quality pets.

Remember — pet score was designed to reward all facets of pet collecting, from rare-hunting to pet-leveling. So the sheer number of pets you have isn't always going to put you on top.


QuestionWhy not rank users according to their pet scores?

AnswerThat's the plan. Within a month or so, everyone on WarcraftPets wll be ranked according to their pet scores rather than total pets collected. This will provide much more depth and variety to the rankings. Additionally, we also plan to expand our Top 50 Collections list to include the Top 500.


Collection Filters and Shortcuts
We know how valuable it is to be able to sort your collection by rarity. Therefore, we've added shortcut links to the stats table found above your pet collection.

New pet collection stats

Simply click on a quality (i.e., the word "Uncommon") to review all of your collected pets of that quality (including duplicates). You can then further break down your list by adding other filters, such as "Source → Pet Battle" to view all wild pets in need of an upgrade.

In addition, when you view any of your collected pets using our pet filters, the list will now show their levels and qualities.

Lastly, we've improved our "Duplicates" filter to show all of your duplicates (including all multiples), as well as the original pet. This allows you to easily compare all instances of the same pet to determine which one is worth upgrading.
Posted by Breanni

Win BIG in Our Pet Tips for Mini Tyrael Contest!

February 07, 2013
Pet Tips for Mini Tyrael Contest
Most everyone would agree that WarcraftPets is the best resource around for pet collecting and pet battling. But a big part of why is because of you, our amazing community. The information you add to our site via comments and forum posts is second to none.

So for this contest, we decided to give you an opportunity to add even more depth to WarcraftPets' well of knowledge. You might even learn something new along the way!

How it Works
To enter, review the rules in the official contest thread (below) and post a reply. In your reply, simply link to any pet profile found on WarcraftPets and then provide a strategic, informative or entertaining tip for the pet you've linked. Be sure to read the rules completely to ensure you receive credit for your entry!

Enter Now! Pet Tips for Mini Tyrael Contest

Three winners will be chosen at random, one of whom will win an ultra-rare Mini Tyrael, courtesy of our favorite sponsor, WoWTCGLoot.com! Other prizes include the TCG favorite, Bananas, and choice of one of three popular Blizzard Pet Store pets.

Entries must be posted no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Friday February 15, 2013. Only one entry per person. If you have multiple user accounts, choose one to post your official entry. Multiple entries by the same person will disqualify all entries.

Good luck!
Posted by Breanni

Gusting Grimoire Pre-Sale: New Pet!

February 12, 2013
Gusting Grimoire Pre-Sale
Here's a riddle for you...

How do you "school" your opponents in the art of pet battling?

Rely on your book smarts — or your brand-new Gusting Grimoire!

WarcraftPets is once again pleased to partner up with WoWTCGLoot to bring you our next TCG pet loot pre-sale!

The Gusting Grimoire is the new Betrayal of the Guardian pet loot featuring a new floating spellbook model similar to the Lofty Libram.

Why preorder through WarcraftPets?
In addition to being one of the first players on your server to show off this sweet new spellbook, here are three more reasons to order now:

  1. Rare Pet Loot Prize - Everyone who orders a Gusting Grimoire will be entered into a random drawing to win a rare [Heavy Murloc Egg] (Grunty). In addition, 5 random buyers will receive a stack of Papa Hummel's Pet Biscuits!
  2. Orders Support WarcraftPets - What can be better than adding another easy-to-get rare battle pet to your collection? Helping your favorite pet website! A percentage of every pre-order helps support WarcraftPets.
  3. Limited Supply - There are a limited supply of loot codes available for sale on a first-come, first-serve basis. Order now to secure your pet and your entry in the Grunty loot giveaway before supplies run out!


Get your code February 21st:
Pre-Order your Gusting Grimoire today!

The pre-sale will run through Thursday, February 21st, 2013. If you have any questions regarding the pre-sale or loot giveaway, please contact WoWTCGLoot.

Happy collecting, and good luck winning some sweet loot!
Posted by Breanni

World of Petcraft #29

February 14, 2013
Enjoy our monthly web comic created for WoW pet collectors! We feature a new World of Petcraft strip every month.

World of Petcraft #29

FREE Printable Valentines!
FREE Printable Valentines!
If you enjoy the Valentines created for this month's World of Petcraft, feel free to print and/or share them with that special pet collector in your life!

Get all 10 Pet Valentines

About the Artist
Meaghan McLaughlin is an aspiring artist and the author of "Nerds Illustrated." She's currently available to create custom WoW artwork.
Posted by Breanni

Winners Selected: Pet Tips for Mini Tyrael Contest

February 18, 2013
The winners have been chosen for our Pet Tips for Mini Tyrael contest.

Congratulations to Melanie, Ron and AJ!
We used Random.org to randomly select our first, second and third place winners. Here is the screen capture taken the morning after the contest ended:

Winners selected randomly via Random.org

1st place:  Melanie Daigrepont (Velgana), proud new owner of Mini Tyrael!!!

2nd place:  Ron Crews (Mâximus), proud new owner of Bananas!

3rd place:  AJ Hartle (Tamon), proud new owner of a Cinder Kitten!

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. You posted some excellent pet battle tips that pet enthusiasts will appreciate for years to come! We know that many of you will continue to enrich our site with your wisdom.

You Can Still Win Grunty!
Grunty the Murloc Marine
We'd also like to extend a special thanks to our friends at WoWTCGLoot.com, without whom this contest wouldn't have been possible.

Show your support for these fine folks by pre-ordering the latest TCG pet, the Gusting Grimoire. Pre-oreder on or before February 22nd and you'll be entered into a random drawing to receive Grunty, the Murloc Marine!
Posted by Breanni

New Pet! Gusting Grimoire's Pet Profile is Live

February 21, 2013
New Pet! Gusting Grimoire
In anticipation of the new TCG set, Betrayal of the Guardian, being released tomorrow, we've published the Gusting Grimoire pet profile.

In fact, today is the LAST DAY of the Gusting Grimoire Pre-Sale! So if you haven't pre-ordered your new floating spell book yet, today is the perfect day to do so.

NOTE: Anyone who pre-orders will receive a loot code within the next day or two. However, the pet itself cannot be redeemed in-game until patch 5.2 goes live.

So why pre-order if you can't get the pet until 5.2 hits servers?

Well, in addition to being one of the first people on your server to show off your new Grimoire once the patch is live, your pre-order enters you into a random drawing to receive the rare BlizzCon 2009 pet, Grunty the Murloc Marine! In addition, every sale helps to support WarcraftPets.

So what are you waiting for?!

Pre-order your Gusting Grimoire now, on this, the last day of the pre-sale! Best of luck in winning Grunty!smiley

Pre-Order your Gusting Grimoire today!
Posted by Breanni

Patch 5.2: The Official Trailer

February 27, 2013

Patch 5.2 is on the horizon!

Are you ready for all of the upcoming pets?
Posted by Quintessence

Blizzard's Cory Stockton Talks Pets - Interview #2

February 28, 2013
Blizzard's Cory Stockton Talks Pets
Breanni (Brian) recently had another exciting opportunity to speak with Lead Content Designer, Cory "Mumper" Stockton about... you guessed it, pets!

If you missed the first interview back in December, click here to give it a listen.

In this second interview, various topics were discussed, including the development and implementation of pets, plus some of your questions!

Highlights:

  • For Patch 5.2, some adjustments were made for a few pets that had respawn rates that were lower than intended.
  • Pet Battle "end game" includes more Tamer battles, but Blizzard would like to expand into other areas and aspects of the game for the more seasoned battlers.
  • The pet level cap could be raised in a future expansion. Additional bonuses that are rewarded as a pet levels up are also being considered.
  • It's unlikely that family-specific Battle-Stones will become BoE in the future, but they may address the redundancy of "useless" Battle-Stones.
  • Epic quality pets will probably come to WoW in patch 5.4 or possibly 5.3. These epic pets will most likely need to be caught, while an epic Battle-Stone is another possibility.
  • Pet "gem slots" that would alter a certain stat of your choice is an idea being considered.
  • Future patches may include a way to track your Pet Battle PVP wins.
  • Interested in summoning your entire active pet team out all at once? It's a distinct possibility in the future.
  • Because highly exclusive pets hold a lot of prestige, they are unlikely to be re-released and will remain coveted prizes for those who've obtained them.
  • The pet for BlizzCon 2013 may not be a murloc this time around. What will it be...? Stay tuned!


A lot was covered and we couldn't even begin to list all the details in our highlights, so be sure to listen to the full 29-minute interview.

Listen Now:

Download the Interview

Bonus Material:
We actually were able to sit down with Cory twice. Our first interview didn't record properly due to a technical glitch. We asked a couple questions during that first "lost" interview that we didn't repeat the second time around.

Here are those questions, along with Cory's paraphrased answers:

QuestionWhen you try to find pets using the Auction House, there are two different filters – one for unused pet items, and another for caged pets that were previously learned by another player. Why not combine them into a single pet filter?

AnswerThis is something they'd like to do and it remains on their to-do list, but it's not a high priority.


QuestionBefore pet battles, pet quality used to indicate the quality of the item that teaches the pet. Whereas now, nearly everyone views it as the quality of a pet's battle stats. But that can lead to some confusion. For example, the Dragon Kite is learned from an epic item, but the pet itself has rare stats. Are there any plans to address this inconsistency?

AnswerCory agreed that it's a problem, though they aren't sure how to address it. They want to keep some pet-teaching items epic quality and it makes sense to give those pets rare stats. (Giving them epic stats would be overkill.) In addition, they haven’t heard from too many players that are upset or confused by this, so it isn’t a top priority.


A Special Thanks:
We'd like to express an even greater thanks to Cory for taking the time to redo the botched interview and chat with us (twice) about all things pets.

So twice the thanks to you, Cory!

About Cory Stockton — As Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.'s lead content designer for World of Warcraft, Cory Stockton is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of all exterior zones, dungeons, Battlegrounds, Arenas, and cities. He is also involved with many other aspects of the game, such as dungeon scripting and the Pet Battle System.
Posted by Quintessence

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