After a few years, can we get updated population statistics?

I'll keep it short: I think we'd all like to know if the game truly is "dying". Yes, it has been said on every game ever since its release. But it's undeniable that recent discontent has increased immeasurably. Did a lot of players really quit, atleast relatively to previous years? What about the rate of new players? I think we'd all like to know how the game really is doing right now, with all the recent controversy regarding the balance of the game (pretty much being the one and only turnoff for players).
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