[MS] “Fastest Updating” and “Most Updated” Rankings: Q4 2011

Hello and welcome to Msupdate’s “Fastest Updating” and “Most Updated” Rankings, released in the final week of the final month of each quarter.

This project started in April 2011 when I compared the content of all the services, but specifically KoreaMS, GlobalMS, MapleSEA and EuropeMS, in Content Speed Comparisons: KMS, GMS, MSEA, EMS . The last rankings were “Fastest Updating” and “Most Updated” Rankings: Q3 2011.

To quite understand what I mean by “fastest updating” and “most updated”, why I feel that EuropeMS remains the fastest updating service and why additional, original and exclusive content cannot be counted in how fast a MapleStory service updates (*cough* JapanMS), please read Content Speed Comparisons: KMS, GMS, MSEA, EMS.

Fastest Updating

Current Rank Service Move Since September 2011
1 Japan MapleStory +6
2 Global MapleStory
3 Europe MapleStory -2
4 Korea MapleStory +2
5 MapleStory South East Asia -2
6* China MapleStory -2
6* Taiwan MapleStory -2
8 Thailand MapleStory

*ChinaMS and TaiwanMS are tied, this is not a typo.

Lots of changes, as can be seen in the ‘Move’ column. For the first time in the rankings history EuropeMS does not sit atop of the Fastest Updating rankings. That place is now taken by JapanMS who has soared up 6 places, from 7th, second to last, in the last ranking. ThaiMS remains at the bottom of the table with no major updates since their Big Bang update in Spring 2011 (not a typo).

JapanMS fell to 7th in the last rankings due to them not receiving their Ascension/Jump! update when GlobalMS, ChinaMS and TaiwanMS were all getting theirs. But this quarter when they announced that they would merge Legends and Ascension and just call in their Legends updates, and release it in September, October and November, I knew that they would find themselves on top of the rankings this time around.

GlobalMS has never moved from the #2 position and it won’t start now. With the relatively short spacing between the Legends updates as compared to other services receiving Legends right now, GlobalMS keeps its position at #2. GlobalMS is receiving its Legends updates with a five week delay from first to last update while TaiwanMS and ChinaMS are having a eight week delay.

EuropeMS, for the first time, is not ranked #1. It’s not necessarily that they are slowing down, it’s just JapanMS and GlobalMS have impressed me more this quarter. They have done nothing really special recently with the release of their Chaos updates. They really do deserve a place at #3 and threatened GlobalMS’s #2 rankings due to the fact that they released all of the major Chaos content in just two updates and within the same month (Age of Heroes and Age of Artisans in the first update, Age of Battle in the second update).

KoreaMS remains the hardest service of the game to rank on the Fastest Updating rankings due to the fact that there really is no one to compare them do. I basically compare them to themselves in the past. But I’ll place them at #4 this time around, up from #6 last time, due to the quick movement from the Advance of the Union major update to the Justice update, even if they are considered pretty much “two parts of a major update which are then split into parts”.

ChinaMS and TaiwanMS have disappointed me as their publishers have announced that they will receive their last two Chaos updates on January 11 and February 1. That’s pretty sad considering they got Cannoneers on the same day as GlobalMS. This has caused their ranking to fall by two to 6th. They continue to receive content on the same days which maintains their tie on the ranking.

Ahh, ThaiMS. You did this before when you were so backbreaking slow in receiving updates then you sped up massively, peaking at #5 on these rankings back in April 2011. But since Big Bang you’ve really done nothing, placing you last (#8) in these rankings.

Most Updated Rankings

Current Rank Service Move Since April 2011
1 Korea MapleStory
2 Japan MapleStory +3
3 Global MapleStory -1
4* China MapleStory -1
4* Taiwan MapleStory -1
6 MapleStory South East Asia
7 Europe MapleStory +1
8 Thailand MapleStory -1

*ChinaMS and TaiwanMS are tied, this is not a typo.

For the first time, EuropeMS is not at the bottom! And also for the time, GlobalMS is not ranked 2nd.

KoreaMS is on top due to the fact that they have always had, and probably will always have the most main storyline content.

And we have breaking news. GlobalMS has lost its #2 ranking for the first time in either the Fastest Updating and Most Updated ranking ever. JapanMS has taken up this position as they have already received all three of their Legends updates and are currently looking forward to Advance of the Union and Justice!

GlobalMS may have fallen, but it hasn’t fallen far. Standing at #3 due to it being the only service of the game other than KoreaMS and JapanMS to have both Cannoneers and Mercedes at this time.

ChinaMS and TaiwanMS are tied once more as they prepare for the release of Mercedes on January 11 and Demon Slayer on February 1. They have received content on the same day for some time now, I wonder why.

Having just completed its Chaos update, MapleSEA now has Ascension and Legends to look forward to. When exactly these will be released is yet to be announced but it’s highly likely that they are in the advanced levels of planning right now!

Ta da! EuropeMS’s fast updating has paid off and they no longer sit at the bottom of the ranking, beating out the dead (in terms of updates) ThaiMS. The fact that EuropeMS is now preparing for its 2nd Chaos update while ThaiMS hasn’t even announced Chaos yet puts it at #7.

It’s a sad day for ThaiMS as they slip to the bottom of both rankings :(. I don’t know if closure is being planned or there’s a dispute between AsiaSoft Thailand and Nexon or if they’re just preparing for a huge string of updates or what, but if ThaiMS doesn’t get its act together they’ll stay at the bottom for some time to come. The current situation with ThaiMS reminds me all of much of the situations with VietnamMS and BrazilMS before they were closed.

That’s it! The year is finally over. But how has each service changed since the first rankings in April 2011?

Fastest Updating

Service Rank in April 2011 Current Rank Annual Move
Japan MapleStory 7 1 +6
Global MapleStory 2 2
Europe MapleStory 1 3 -2
Korea MapleStory 5** 4 +1
MapleStory South East Asia 8 5 +3
China MapleStory 3* 6* -3
Thailand MapleStory 3* 6* -3
Thailand MapleStory 5** 8 -3

*ChinaMS and TaiwanMS are tied, this is not a typo.

Most Updated

Service Rank in April 2011 Current Rank Annual Move
Korea MapleStory 1 1
Japan MapleStory 6 2 +4
Global MapleStory 2 3 -1
China MapleStory 3* 4* -1
Taiwan MapleStory 3* 4* -1
MapleStory South East Asia 7 6 +1
Europe MapleStory 8 7 +1
Thailand MapleStory 5 8 -3

*ChinaMS and TaiwanMS are tied, this is not a typo.

The next set of rankings are set for release in the final week of March. Keep posted!


Posted on December 23, 2011, in International MapleStory. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Aww, I was hoping GMS would stay at number 2 for both ranks 😦
    It feels good to have the most content behind KMS. Darn you JMS! Lol.

  2. cool, have fun @ Orange’s wedding 😉
    Congratz Orange, from me =D

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