Even if we assume that the data is not contradictive, it still doesn't conclusively show that D3 is not affected by PoE because of the drop on 22-25. In fact the date Jan 11 seems to stand out more.
Gonna knock this out first since it's easy. There is no possible way short of developer intervention that we will ever get conclusive evidence one way or the other so lets not even go down this route. Moving on.
January 11th is an outlier. There may be some significance behind it, there may not. I don't care enough to really research it as it doesn't really matter in this case.
Edit: Regarding the small drop on PoE's release. I don't think you would find any rational person that would've claimed there would be zero change. It's a free game in the same genre being made available to the public for the first time. However, it was not a drastic change nor an unexpected one. The stats continued in the same fashion as previous weeks and has actually gone back into the same range of playtime as seen in other weeks.
Perhaps after this coming weekend we'll have a clearer idea of whether or not that small drop was permanent or temporary. As of right now, we can't really tell but I think it's more than fair to say it was not a significant change nor was it unexpected.
Keep in mind that the argument is that D3 players have nothing to fear from PoE,
how can OP link a source material that could show that PoE is better than D3 in any way whatsoever.
Easy. By showing some amount of evidence that a sampling of the current player base of D3 was not signficantly affected by PoE going open beta. PoE being better than D3 does not matter. PoE could be the greatest game ever created and D3 could be the worst and it wouldn't matter if the current playerbase of D3 had no significant changes
brought about by PoE's release. The stats on xfire support that notion.
The only similarity between OP and Valius is that their preference towards PoE. Just because 2 person share the same view and use the same source, they dont necessarily both argue correctly.
What does this have to do with anything? Lost in translation maybe?
The fact that D3 is rated lower than is PoE is overlooked (or omitted) by OP and can be used to invalidate his argument
No, it can't because as I stated above, one game being considered better does not matter if the inferior game's population is not affected by the superior game. As far as xfire stats show, D3 was not significantly affected therefore PoE being a better game is irrelevant for this argument.
Before using any material for arguments, one must do proper research so that it doesn't backfire on said user. You can be correct but still argue incorrectly.
Indeed. However, the given evidence on xfire completely supports the OP's statement at this time. If you have some other valid
information, feel free to introduce it. As it stands right now, there is nothing that has been brought forth that contradicts what the OP has supposed.