Quote from EmsarrevQuote from Willey1986As long as they don't introduce many new useful itemaffixes I don't see how they will achieve this. Bracers withour CC? Useless! Boots without movementspeed? Useless! Weapons without Socket and/or CD? Useless! Pants/Chestpieces without sockets? Useless!
So they either have to introduce many new and cool affixes or all Items have to be the same and just vary in their values.
How far do you want to take this though? If every chest that drops already has 3 sockets, aren't you just gonna say "no vitality, useless!"? If every weapon already rolled with a socket and crit damage you would still throw 90% away because they lack things like loh/life steal.
The only reason socketed gear is mandatory for playing is because they are the best by such a large margin its hilarious. If they can itemize so that even non socketed items are better than current socketed items then it works.