You only had ONE way to even play back then, Barb and Wiz were basically best for a whole year while others weren't playable. Legendaries had ZERO cool effects, Skorn and Echo were #1.
I don't think you really know what you are talking about atm..D3 Vanilla was good for ONE thing.
Trading..and 6 stat gear that was always 100% RNG.
Barb wasn't even good at the start of D3. They only got good because mobs kept getting their damage nerfed as soon as a week after launch, with many more nerfs to follow. Skorn also wasn't buffed until WAY later.
D3 vanilla, in it's original form, was simply much more fun for many players. Obviously it was shit to a very large percentage of the playerbase as well, which is why it was changed. People quit the game pretty fast back then, but players still quite pretty fast after then. Not a single one of the players I played with back in the beginning of D3 vanilla came back for RoS asdie from my brother. So it seems the changes removed a large part of the playerbase, while keeping other parts of the playerbase instead.
Looking back on it, they should have gave Jay Wilson a separate 2.5D game based around Warcraft, Starcraft, or a new universe for those of us who wanted the challenge rather than a more relaxed hack&slash. Then Josh could have done D3 as a proper sequel to D2, instead of having Jay trying to make D3 appeal to so many obviously different playerbases.
Can't please everyone when they release a Diablo game, advertised heavily to WoW and SC2 players. It was advertised to be a challenge while expected to be a hack&slash sequel to D2. Doesn't really work that way.
Again Bullshit. The original Diablo 3 wasnt more fun. It was frustrating, imbalanced and unrewarding. It wasnt hard, it was unfair. When you had to a impossible rare spawn directly in front of an entrance, the run was over. No luck with items? GRIND IT MORE! It wasnt like Diablo 2 at all. Thats why alot of player that were used to Diablo 2 left Diablo 3 really fast.
I played enough after release and had probably 2-4 Month without any progress. The moment they introduced real Legendarys the game began to be fun. There was actually progress.
You guys are just nostalgia sick. Its a really common problem. EVERYTHING in the past is always better. Stupid people suffer "Nostalgia" alot.