So, to satisfy my curiosity I went deep diving into Raider IO’s metrics. I was looking for the top 15 Bear’s in the world and how far down the list of the top runs I’d have to go to find them.
I was actually shocked at how far down the list I had to go. Long story short, it took somewhere between 10,000 and 11,000 M+ spots before I reached Bear 15. I can’t give an exact number, as I don’t read Cyrillic or Chinese, etc.
Congratulations to Lipkiss, btw, for being BY FAR the best Bear at pushing those higher keys. Lipkiss has more than 4 times the number of high push keys in the top 11,000 than any other Bear I saw. Of course, this means of the top 14… But still, you get the idea. Of the other names I could read, TinyFatBird, DrHots, and Inmate were regularly pushing keys. And all you Nihillo fans, he was about 8th on the list. There were other 1 time wonders but I wasn’t paying attention to names other than to know they weren’t repeats of a previous name, assuming I could read them. Hence my earlier statement about 10,000 to 11,000. I did notice the ones that kept popping up though.
Now, I didn’t go through each other class line by line looking to make sure their names didn’t repeat, but I did see enough variance to know that the playerbase representation was much much much higher compared to Bears. That and the fact it took me until the 10,000 range to even reach the 15th different name.
I didn’t get to Lipkiss’ highest score, and hence the highest Bear score, until 349. His second was at 596 and third was 742. The first non-Lipkiss Bear was Lota at 1604, who interestingly was co-tanking with a BDK so not sure if that even counts, but… There you go. The first solo Bear who wasn’t Lipkiss was DrHots at 1967.
So, take that as you will. If you think that is satisfactory representation at the highest levels then you can be happy. If you don’t, then you have something to discuss with Blizzard if they ever decide to speak to the Bear community.
Edit: For some reason, with these names I got the Cell Block Tango from the movie/musical Chicago stuck in my head. Ah well.