It's not exactly that simple. In PoE the white item's stats, and gem slots it has are what determine how useful it will be as the base of a crafted item. In Diablo 3 none of that will matter, it'll just become a material.Quote from shaggy
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I said that it would be cool if they serve a purpose, instead of being pinata stuff/craft material.So in PoE you use whites for crafting and that's a good thing. In D3 you use whites for crafting and they are just "pinata/crafting stuff."Quote from Maka
^^I like that in PoE. You always keep an eye out for perfect white items that you can then improve.
I think that's what he was getting at.