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Corsair4790805 #1 Posted 19 January 2023 - 04:31 AM

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So I've been engaged in a mini-project the last week or so.  I wanted to see if I could get a feel for what the top 10 planes were for each period on NA and EU, via the API.

 

For my initial efforts, I limited this to only players with 1,000 or more battles, since there's no way to get a list of all account IDs via the API (at least that I'm aware of).  For the baseline, I collated the data on Sunday.   I still have some tweaking and massaging to do (as I'm seeing occasional descrepancies where the total battle count decreases), but my initial collection over the last couple of days (1/15-1/17) shows some definate differences between NA and EU (and not just the number of active players).

 

So, for those interested, here's the results so far:

 

  NA   EU  
Period I 35.12% of all battles   22.57% of all battles  
1 I-5 8.18% I-17 14.71%
2 I-5 ShKAS 6.20% I-5 ShKAS 9.54%
3 Ar 65 5.65% XP-31 6.16%
4 XP-31 5.18% Fw 57 6.04%
5 Bf 109 B 3.54% A6M1 5.74%
6 Blenheim IV (e.) 3.04% Blenheim F 4.63%
7 Bf 110 B 2.86% Ar 197 3.70%
8 Potez 540 2.72% I-15bis DM 3.52%
9 He 111 H-2 2.64% P.38 3.42%
10 I-15bis DM 2.33% Bf 110 C-6 3.14%
  42.33% of P I battles   60.59% of P I battles  
Period II 35.12% of all battles   40.87% of all battles  
1 P-40 6.15% Spitfire I 9.74%
2 B-32 5.21% SE 100 5.18%
3 XP-55 3.44% Ki-102 4.53%
4 XP-54 3.23% Pe-2 M-82 4.39%
5 Bf 109 E 2.86% Bf 109 E 3.68%
6 P-38F 2.59% XP-54 3.64%
7 Spitfire I 2.44% Beaufighter 3.35%
8 B-17G 2.34% A-26B 1.96%
9 P-51A 2.17% Hurricane IID 1.88%
10 A7M 2.13% A6M3 (exp.) 1.85%
  32.55% of P II battles   40.20% of P II battles  
Period III 29.76% of all battles   36.56% of all battles  
1 P-61 9.75% EF 131 10.07%
2 Me P.1102 B 6.42% RB-17 6.37%
3 EF 131 3.97% Su-10 5.28%
4 B-29C 3.60% Vampire F.1 5.17%
5 F-86A 3.37% P-61 4.72%
6 XF-90 3.30% Me P.1102 B 4.19%
7 Vampire F.1 3.18% Ju 287 3.14%
8 RB-17 3.16% Me P.1101 2.92%
9 Me P.1101 2.93% IL-20 2.80%
10 Spitfire XIV 2.61% Yak-30 2.64%
  42.28% of P III battles   47.30% of P III battles  

 

Since this only captures players with 1,000 battles, all numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, but it does seem the preferred planes vary to some degree between EU and NA, though a lot of the usual suspects show up in both lists.    There were some surprises for me too - like the Potez 540 making the list for NA.

 

I don't have an account on the EU forums, so if anyone wants to share feel free to do so.

 

If there's interest, I can make this a regular thing (I also have an idea on how to pick up a few players with less than 1,000 battles via clan listings - but sure wish there was a way to get all the player account IDs).

 



Mr_tool #2 Posted 19 January 2023 - 10:19 AM

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This is nice to know,but you do enough with the clan rankings.I would hate to see you get burnt out,Thank You Corsair

farquare #3 Posted 19 January 2023 - 11:28 AM

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As I thought I fly those that nobody else likes!!!!

pyantoryng #4 Posted 19 January 2023 - 11:41 AM

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Hmmm...looks like bomber spam is real in EU...and a 1 month old plane getting nearly 10% of play in a week's span on NA?



RoIand #5 Posted 19 January 2023 - 01:14 PM

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Keep in mind that the EU server is actually the CIS server since September last year.
I guess at least 80% of the active players on the EU server are ex-CIS players.


For this reason, most of the old EU server players don't enjoy playing there anymore. 

 

I also belong to this group...


Edited by RoIand, 19 January 2023 - 01:17 PM.


J311yfish #6 Posted 19 January 2023 - 02:05 PM

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Not most popular -- but most prevalent.  Remember that not everyone has an XP-54 for example, so they have to fly an alternative.  It doesn't make that other choice more popular -- just more prevalent.

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GonerNL #7 Posted 19 January 2023 - 04:05 PM

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In my experience, it's even worse ... so yeah, I moved to NA. Pity of all the money I spent and planes I collected. 

 

Also, a lot of those 'new players' haven't done 1000 battles yet ?? So not included in the stats ...

 

View Postpyantoryng, on 19 January 2023 - 12:41 PM, said:

Hmmm...looks like bomber spam is real in EU...and a 1 month old plane getting nearly 10% of play in a week's span on NA?

 

On NA there were specced P-61's the day the maneuvers started. 

 


Edited by GonerNL, 19 January 2023 - 04:07 PM.

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Corsair4790805 #8 Posted 19 January 2023 - 09:48 PM

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View PostMr_tool, on 19 January 2023 - 02:19 AM, said:

This is nice to know,but you do enough with the clan rankings.I would hate to see you get burnt out,Thank You Corsair

 

The clan rankings and this all fall under my umbrella of writing code, which I love to do, so no need to worry about burn out :)



CorvusCorvax #9 Posted 19 January 2023 - 09:50 PM

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View PostCorsair4790805, on 19 January 2023 - 01:48 PM, said:

 

The clan rankings and this all fall under my umbrella of writing code, which I love to do, so no need to worry about burn out :)

You're responding to one of the many alts.

Yes, it's hard to keep track.  :/


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Corsair4790805 #10 Posted 19 January 2023 - 09:54 PM

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View PostJ311yfish, on 19 January 2023 - 06:05 AM, said:

Not most popular -- but most prevalent.  Remember that not everyone has an XP-54 for example, so they have to fly an alternative.  It doesn't make that other choice more popular -- just more prevalent.

 

Fair enough.   It might be interesting to compare the number of planes owned vs the number of battles, so how popular it is amongst the owners.

 

Example, there are 727 XP-54s on NA among players with 1,000+ battles (which as of 1/17/2023 were 7,284 players).   They were flown 325 times in the period sampled, which works out to 44.70%.  That doesn't tell us how many unique pilots flew the Goose in that time period (I can get that information, but I'm not currently tracking it).

 

I can look at modifying the program to get that data over the weekend - though I still want to anonymize the data to some extent as the goal is not to call out individuals for stat padding, always flying OP planes, etc.

 

 



Corsair4790805 #11 Posted 19 January 2023 - 09:56 PM

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View PostCorvusCorvax, on 19 January 2023 - 01:50 PM, said:

You're responding to one of the many alts.

Yes, it's hard to keep track.  :/

 

It was more of a general response to the stated concern - it's been raised in the past, and I want to let folks know that I'm not going anywhere anytime soon.  

 

Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on individuals' point of view :)

 



BuffaloTime #12 Posted 19 January 2023 - 10:53 PM

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I object. The Potez is more prevalent than the Buffalo? Rigged I tell you. Rigged.

Corsair4790805 #13 Posted 19 January 2023 - 11:26 PM

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View PostBuffaloTime, on 19 January 2023 - 02:53 PM, said:

I object. The Potez is more prevalent than the Buffalo? Rigged I tell you. Rigged.

 

Alas, the Buffalo is about #57 or so.   Probably because it has a (undeservedly) bad rep.



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View PostCorsair4790805, on 19 January 2023 - 03:26 PM, said:

 

Alas, the Buffalo is about #57 or so.   Probably because it has a (undeservedly) bad rep.

People, the .50cal buff was SIGNIFICANT for this plane.

 

I am really enjoying it in my F2P account.  Still not good with the bombs,  but learning.


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qu33kKC #15 Posted 20 January 2023 - 12:41 AM

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BuffaloTime #16 Posted 20 January 2023 - 04:39 AM

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View PostCorsair4790805, on 19 January 2023 - 06:26 PM, said:

 

Alas, the Buffalo is about #57 or so.   Probably because it has a (undeservedly) bad rep.

 57 is one of my favorite numbers. Heinz ketchup and sauce. 



Mr_tool #17 Posted 20 January 2023 - 10:31 AM

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View PostCorsair4790805, on 19 January 2023 - 09:56 PM, said:

 

It was more of a general response to the stated concern - it's been raised in the past, and I want to let folks know that I'm not going anywhere anytime soon.  

 

Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on individuals' point of view :)

 

I am surprised that you need permission to be civil to someone.I am one of the few who has always thanked you.

You have been warned and chastized by the owner of the forum,I would not be civil to me again.LOL

 

 

It is a shame though that the F4F didnt even make the list. I take that this list can also be a list of META-Planes??


Edited by Mr_tool, 20 January 2023 - 10:45 AM.


CamuMahubah #18 Posted 20 January 2023 - 11:50 AM

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Oof I hate the XP-31 Flights at tier 2...

 

Why doesn't WG understand if you want new players there should never be something that noobs can't even buy?  



jack_wdw #19 Posted 20 January 2023 - 02:17 PM

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none of the planes i fly make it to EU top 10 :D
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SenatorTH #20 Posted 20 January 2023 - 02:41 PM

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What amazes me is:

that B-32 taking #2 on NA Period II

and P-40 while being hands down the strongest LF, still outside top10 on EU.

 

On the other hand, the measuring has to be made when no any marathons or special missions are happening, I suspect it seriously affects the choice of the players.
 






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