When ever the topic of "why do you play seasons" came up, the only solid answer anyone could really give was the fact it had season-only items... Mostly because within a couple days you have full set so the "fresh start" concept doesn't really last long and there's no trading meaning no economy reset.
So, with that in mind and the fact it was announced there will be no season-exclusive items next season... Will you still be playing season and why?
I like the change. It was strictly a punishment for non-season players, making it so they didn't have build defining items, and they effectively replaced the incentive for doing seasons by adding cosmetic stuff like portraits, pennants and pets. I think it's fine this way, there's plenty of incentive to run seasons, and everyone gets to play with fun and build defining items that get added.
Prior to S4, I always played non-season and hated season (as well as ladders in D2). I didn't want to lose my well-earned items on my non-season char and start over.
However, since S4 gearing up is a joke. If you're committed, you can gear up any class in one day. Therefore, playing non-season is *just* about paragon; if you enjoy the item hunt, season is the way to go. Looks like I'm gonna play season.
Also, leaderboards are just about paragon and I don't have time for that, so I'm gonna skip that part (as I did in S4). But season journey, conquests, achievements were fun, and so might be the set dungeons in S5. And of course above all: stash space!!!
about that set, will it be ancient with good rolls ( i know it will not ) ? will it be random rolls? do i get to choose set for my class that i'm playing or also random ? it's not that hard to get sets for classes at all , so that is not that special reward in my opinion
I'd say better complete any required hc-step second to last ;D
I avoided playing seasons until season 4, but some friends got me to play it and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I don't play enough to be competitive on any leaderboards or anything but the season journey gave me a goals to accomplish where non-season play felt like a grind toward nothing in particular