Quote from Lokiiiz
Mainly because Diablo has always been a trading game, like every ARPG games.
No, it hasn't. Diablo I didn't even have a trade window. In Diablo II, you could trade, but plenty of people didn't. It was an aspect of the game, and may have been a lot of fun and very important to a portion of the player base, but it didn't change Diablo from an action RPG into a trading game.
Trading rare/magical items is still possible, but what's the point if the Legendaries are 'better' now? Might as well just remove the whole trading system instead.
Have you tried it? The ability to trade legendaries with people you played with is really nice. Thanks to Smart Loot, you're going to use most of the legendaries you find until you're farming at 60/70. When you get to that point, the trading possibilities are so limited that people will actually strike deals with you.
I think removing the Auction House was the only thing Blizzard should have done to prevent people to either just sit down on their butt and just click 'Buy Now' on items that were better than theirs, it just made the life easier for the lazies and also for the people who had plenty of bots.
Maybe. But I think that it would still have held them back from really being able to give players a good drop rate. If every player in the game is finding a legendary every hour or so, the market is still going to get flooded and players are still going to spend more time in the AH than in the game.
I've had tons of legendaries so far and most of them weren't just for me and many of my friends looked at the Clan log when they would log in and they would be like 'damn it would've been good for me' yup.. it would, sadly, I can't trade it to you. Talking about clan, what's the purpose of making a clan if we don't get anything out of it?
I love being able to check out what cool stuff my friends found while they were playing. It motivates me to get into the game and see what kind of cool stuff I'll find. Furthermore, clans give you a group of cool players to join up with the find and share items together. No, you can't have the items they found without you, but that's the whole point - you have to play the game yourself. You can, however, play with your clan mates and share items you find together, which is the whole point.
Might as well be able to trade items between clan members, which would still prevent a lot of 3rd party trading websites to get something out of it and we would still be able to trade to our friends and whatnot. Yes, there will be people selling slots into their clans so they can sell the items their bot is getting, but what else can we do? Bot has always been a problem in every game and we can't just not allow trade for that specific reason, atleast, they got to work for it, they gotta do something, recruit people, being actually trusted.
Bots aren't the only reason for BoA. As I said above, it's there to get you to actually play the game if you want cool items. Being able to trade with people you don't play with undermines that, because it gives you access to items without playing the game, even if they are in a clan with you.
Join a cool clan, get friendly with the members, roll with them, and share items you find together. That's the point of clans.