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May 21, 2014
It's time for another round of updates to WarcraftPets, and we've got some good ones!

Sort Pets by Community Rating
During our last round of updates we overhauled our pet rating system, allowing each pet to be given a different rating for battle and appearance. Well, we've made those updated ratings far more useful.

Now when you use our Smart Pet Search or Pet Filters to zero in on various types of pets, you'll be able to sort your results by community rating.

Sort Pets by Community Rating

This allows you to easily discover, for example, the highest rated Aquatic pets, or the best looking pets that can fly alongside your mount. The possibilities are almost endless.

Pet Score Formula Updated
Ever since we introduced pet score, we've received a number of requests to increase the amount that pet level contributes to the overall score. But we wanted to do it in a way where it wouldn't trump rarity or lead to exploits.

Bwana, one of our users, proposed a clever change to our formula that perfectly addressed these concerns. Here's the updated formula (changes in red):

   2*(total unique pets)
.04*(sum of all unique pet levels)
+  1*(total common pets)
+  2*(total uncommon pets)
+  3*(total rare pets)
+  5*(total epic pets)
+ 10*(total legendary pets)

   Pet Score

Previously, the formula added 4 times your average pet level. So this change increases the contribution of pet level from 3% to roughly 18%, whereby each level 25 pet you own is worth 1 point. That increase should make the majority of you very happy.

For those of you who haven't leveled many pets, keep in mind that more than 80% of your score is still contributed through collecting alone. No one will lose any points as a result of this update.

News Comments
You'll notice another useful update at the end of this very news post — comments!

All of our registered users are invited to comment on our latest news posts. Share your thoughts, opinions, and add to the discussion. We encourage all comments, provided they comply with our user guidelines. In other words, try to keep it light and constructive.

We welcome your feedback, especially when we implement a big round of site updates like this! So by all means, chime in below.

Pet Ratings Filters
Quintessence, our Content Manager, noted that she had trouble sorting through her list of pet ratings. So we decided to help her (and the rest of you) out!

Pet Ratings Filters

You can now filter your pet ratings by not only rated and unrated, but also by type (battle and appearance).

Other Usability Tweaks
We made a handful of other usability tweaks as well...

  • Improved Pet Index - Our A-Z index of all pets is a little easier to navigate. Click a letter of the alphabet to pull all pets that start with that letter.
  • User Search - We've added a User Search page to find WarcraftPets users by username or character. We've always had this functionality within our Realm Leaderboards, but it's now easier to find on its own.
  • Updating Help - Sometimes you're told that your character wasn't found when you attempt to reimport your pet collection. This is most often caused to a bug in the Armory following a merging of your realm. We've included some new helper text that gives you a workaround if you run into this problem.


Developer Resources Page
Last but not least, we've added Developer Resources (accessible from the bottom of any page in our footer). This page outlines how you can link to pet profiles and categories on our site.

This should be very useful for all of you addon, app and web developers.

Special Thanks
A very big thanks goes out to our Lead Developer, Weena, who has worked tirelessly to polish and implement these improvements. I also want to thank the many members of our community who provide useful feedback and suggestions to make WarcraftPets a better site.

In addition, I'd like to extend an extra special thanks to our Site MVPsSite MVP. Your continued support helps to makes updates like these possible. Thanks again!
Posted by Breanni
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Site MVPFlibbit 
Rating: +4   [Report]

I'm one of the people most negatively impacted by the score changes (my site rank dropped from ~125 to ~1000 and my realm rank dropped from #1 to #2), but even I'll say this was a wise move towards reflecting the amount of work people have put into their collections.

May 22, 2014 at 4:52am | Edits: 0 | Scarlet Crusade-US | Pets: 612 Compare collections | Score: 3363
Site AdminBreanni 
Rating: +2   [Report]

@Bwana: You deserve the props. :-)  Thanks again for your suggestions and for explaining them so well in our forums.

May 23, 2014 at 4:41am | Edits: 0 | Scarlet Crusade-US | Pets: 306 Compare collections | Score: 1412
Site MVPBwana 
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I am so humbled to have been mentioned in your post, Breanni.

 

Since we discussed this change I managed to get my average up from 14.5 to 23.1 and am so grateful to see the MANY hours of work reflected in my score!

 

Love you and the site. Keep up the fantastic work!

May 23, 2014 at 2:28am | Edits: 0 | Skywall-US | Pets: 573 Compare collections | Score: 3417
Site MVPWeathergirly 
Rating: +2   [Report]

Wonderful updates! Thank you for all that you do.  Your site is invaluable for us pet collectors/lovers.  Very much appreciated.

May 22, 2014 at 4:59pm | Edits: 0 | Greymane-US | Pets: 546 Compare collections | Score: 2717
Top RaterOpallena 
Rating: +2   [Report]

Very happy about the pet levels making a bigger impact on our pet scores! I suppose I need to change my Pet Score goal to 3.5k now before warlords, seeing as this update put me well over 3k.

May 21, 2014 at 7:41pm | Edits: 0 | Nazjatar-US | Pets: 591 Compare collections | Score: 3489
Site AdminBreanni 
Rating: +2   [Report]

Let the commenting begin!

May 21, 2014 at 7:29pm | Edits: 0 | Scarlet Crusade-US | Pets: 306 Compare collections | Score: 1412
Site AdminBreanni 
Rating: +1   [Report]

@Mystical: We've re-toggled the Sky Lantern as a manual add. You can add it to your collection manually underneath the import button.

May 22, 2014 at 9:49am | Edits: 0 | Scarlet Crusade-US | Pets: 306 Compare collections | Score: 1412
Top RaterAnath 
Rating: +1   [Report]

Thanks for all your hard work at updating this site :) These changes will definitely come in handy, and I'm sure that those people who have put in the hard effort to level their pets to 25 will enjoy the new score boost as well!

 

I remember when I first started WoW and learnt about companion pets, someone told me about this site, and with WCP help I got my first pet - the Chicken :D

 

I've come along way since then and certainly not without this site's help <3

May 22, 2014 at 8:30am | Edits: 0 | Dreadmaul-US | Pets: 559 Compare collections | Score: 2913
Site AdminDoobjanka 
Rating: +1   [Report]

Awesome updates as always!  Thanks for keeping it fresh!

May 21, 2014 at 8:17pm | Edits: 0 | Madoran-US | Pets: 612 Compare collections | Score: 3651
Top RaterDedman 
Rating: 0   [Report]

LOL Update!!!

 

If some one have less pet (rare quality ) and less pet lvl25 he can get more points HAHA.  nice1 !

 

keep going warcraftpets!! maybe some time collector's with one unique pet get 1 place here

Jun 1, 2014 at 3:09am | Edits: 0 | Illidan-US | Pets: 595 Compare collections | Score: 3531
Top RaterSkye 
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I'm liking the change! While my realm rank went down quite a bit (#5 to #11), that's simply because I've been lazy lately and haven't been leveling up pets. Now I finally have incentive to start leveling again! Thanks!

May 23, 2014 at 12:30pm | Edits: 0 | Wyrmrest Accord-US | Pets: 606 Compare collections | Score: 3332
Top RaterAdal 
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2 points for uncommon and 3 points for rare doesn't seem very rewarding for "rarifying" our pets.

 

What about 5 points for rare?

May 23, 2014 at 5:40am | Edits: 0 | Marécage de Zangar-EU | Pets: 578 Compare collections | Score: 3447
Mystical 
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Yay! Thanks Breanni 

May 22, 2014 at 4:26pm | Edits: 0 | Ragnaros-US | Pets: 598 Compare collections | Score: 3383
Jerebear 
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Some great changes!

 

As a note, it's actually less than 20% of your pet score.  It's 1/6 of your pet score, which is a bit less (16.666667% ish).

 

5 points for having a rare unique pet

1 point for being level 25.

 

Not that I am complaining.  I like that levelling has a better contribution.

May 22, 2014 at 8:35am | Edits: 0 | Llane-US | Pets: 586 Compare collections | Score: 3495
Mystical 
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After the new update, my sky lantern is not showing in my collection (I think is because it doesn't show in the armory either) and I can't find a way to re-add it to my collection :(

May 22, 2014 at 8:09am | Edits: 0 | Ragnaros-US | Pets: 598 Compare collections | Score: 3383
Site AdminBreanni 
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@Mykro9: Yes, pet rarity still accounts for more of your score than anything else. But leveling your pets will also give your score more of a boost now. With the new formula, each level 25 pet adds 1 point to your score.

May 22, 2014 at 7:32am | Edits: 0 | Scarlet Crusade-US | Pets: 306 Compare collections | Score: 1412
Top RaterVek 
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Excellent update! As always, great job! Thanks.

May 22, 2014 at 3:32am | Edits: 0 | Aggramar-EU | Pets: 571 Compare collections | Score: 3405
Ellewhite 
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Could the new combined level stat be listed on the "My Pet Collection" page?

 

I do like the fact that pet levels help so much toward the score now. I've been half-heartedly working on leveling pets, but now I have more motivation to do so, in addition to "rarifying" my collection.

May 22, 2014 at 1:30am | Edits: 0 | Cairne-US | Pets: 516 Compare collections | Score: 2765
Site MVPMykro9 
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So, I am 400 off from the best on the site. Is the best way to progress up the ranks still via adding more rare pets, or does this mean leveling helps more towards your score now?

 

P.S. I am around 30 points off being 3rd on my realm, which is a small personal goal for me.

May 21, 2014 at 9:42pm | Edits: 0 | Darrowmere-US | Pets: 589 Compare collections | Score: 3430
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