Have you done 173 bounty runs this season?
Well my profile says iv done over 800 bounties this season which is over 160 runs. So maybe not over 173 but im close.
You also seem to be conveniently forgetting the fact that you can reroll items so once you have your item from the bounty run you can have 2 reroll attempts (+ a 1 in 5 at a new item) every 25 bounties if your following the bonus in tx. Which just on my bounties is about 60 rerolls on an item.
Hopefully will never happen ("controlled and guaranteed drops", pity timers etc)
We do have a pity timer. If you dont get a legendary drop in about a hours worth of play on any difficulty your chances to find a legendary start to increase. While on tx and speed farming grifts this doesnt really come into play its still there.
but higher solo leaderboard positions are dictated to a good degree by item drops and crafting luck, e.g. Hellfire amu. What I would like to see is that anyone can achieve this kind of equipment if he plays for an excessive amount of time
While it may rely on luck to a certin extent the average player seem to over estimate their skill and thinks that if only they had the same gear as X player they could be at the top of the leaderboards which isnt always the case. Having good gear is only useful if you have the skill to make the most of it. ie high reaction speed to move out of danger and being able to correctly position quickly to make the most of the skills you use.
The other side of this which iv been mostly ignoring this season because it just makes me angry is that the top end players are typically streamers with a bunch of followers who (in previous seasons at least) provide mats and other boosts to the streamer by farming the bounties then inviting them in for the collection meaning they get a huge number of extra chances at these items without the same amount of effort or farming uber keys and then opening portals for them, inviting them into goblin rifts etc.
So its not just botting that pushes these players ahead and im sure not all of them are botting.
But enough on that. Heres my wishlist for d3 going forward
Remove the death animations and mid fight conversations from boss fights in adventure mode. - I experienced all of this when i played normal mode (and hundreds of times since) to unlock adventure mode. Having diablo take 20 seconds to die just gets annoying when your doing bounty runs.
Return to having actual community interaction from blues on the official forums- mostly bug reports and ptr forums. Check the current bug report section of the official forums and its full of the same 3-5 bugs. Innas health, DH custom engineering on HFs or the issue with inventory items taking ages to load with not a single blue post on any of them and despite being know for weeks the known issues thread hasnt been updated to include any of these.
Put a diminish return on reavers wraps. Or alternatively create new items that promote other builds rather than this current meta of 1 dps and 3 support.
Improved matchmaking in public games. I would like to see something like a realm of trials to prove that a player can actually kill things in TX with that character before being allowed in so games arnt full of leaches. But i dont think many people would support this.
A 2-3 min window to rejoin a game if your disconnected or experience a game crash. POE has something like this and should held reduce frustration when your kicked from a private game just before completing a bounty or in the middle of a GR.
I dont see why we cant have followers fill out the empty slots in any game. The dps they provide is a joke and the buffs are only a fraction of those provided by another player.
Continued enhancement of old zones with new bounties and map features or points of interest.
Improvement of old items to bring them inline with recent items. Only crafted legendaries should have no unique power.
Continue to refine the sets. Ideally each class should have a speed, support and 2 pushing sets.
More content like the set dungeons which add an interesting change to rifting. With a reward for compeleting this content solo.
Ban botters. I still dont think anything to the guy who steamed hours of botting.
Would also like to see an option for seasons to be a true solo player that connot group with anyone else with a solo leaderboard of its own.