Almost all games are pay2win thanks to our chinese gold friends.
Big difference is...in Diablo3 they openly support this...and its mandatory if you want to play MP10 or PvP later.
The only thing that's mandatory for MP10 is that you have incredible gear, how you get it is up to you. MP10 is an optional mode of play designed for players with incredible gear. Nowhere does the game say, if you're not playing MP10, then you're losing!
Having great gear or having a nice HF ring aren't required to enjoy the game.
As for PvP, before the blog happened, it was understood the system will match players up based on their gear level, so no, the RMAH isn't required to have fun in PvP either.
And it's not even that hard to gear up anymore due to increased drop rates. I could get a full set of gear to farm MP5 with as little as 10million, and I'm pretty sure everyone has that. Sure, you won't be in godly gear, but the game's become much more forgiving since release. Almost too forgiving in some players opinion, but meh.
Edited by IgnatiusReilly, 01 January 2013 - 09:45 PM.