Quote from Gabriel_Logan
Agree with the OP, which is why I sold all of my gear in RMAH today and am not coming back. As a person who played Diablo 2 for 5 straight years (from release through the LOD ladder resets and patches) without complaining a single time, and who killed Hell Diablo as a naked Sorceress (that requires at least a fair amount of skill), I can honestly say the skillcap is nearly non-existant in Diablo 3. DIablo 3 is littler more than money and time sink, one that completely excludes skill. All of these 'firsts' are by people who exploited game mechanics (see goblin farming/resplendent chests, life on kill/hydra, force armor invincibility, infinite smokescreen, Monk invincibility, etc), or had a Wizard/DH clear content for them in advance. Those achievements weren't earned by a longshot.
Currently, those who are actually clearing A4 are those who either also exploited the game enough to become part of the 5% or less of people rich enough to buy the ilvl63 gear, or those who are AH masters. Those of us who played the game as it was designed to be played, cannot do such things as farming A1-A2 is completely non-profitable, as the richest players control the market entirely, and inflate the gold prices accordingly. This is why nerfing/patching all previous exploits in the game only further increases the divide between the rich and poor in this game (pretty much the same as reality). There is no way to fix this game now but an expansion pack that wipes the entire market, as the current gold market is completely ruined. If you're not at least at 10m gold right now, there is no way to progress. Further attempts at controlling item drops/item farming rates merely decreases the overall fun in a game already lacking in it.
I hate it when people make BS claims like this.
If that was in any way true, I would not have found a piece of gear to upgrade my current gear (all i61/i62/i63 gear) EVERY SINGLE DAY I PLAY.
Yet, that is EXACTLY the case.
My current weapon was upgraded from a drop on Sunday (i63 1h 867dps +str +crit dam), my shield a couple days before (i61 Hallowed Set +60 res, +str +vit +block%), my Ammy on Monday (i62 rare, +50 res all +str + vit), my Belt the day after (i62 rare, +res +str +vit), and last night a i61 Helm (legendary, Command with MF + slot + Str + Block%).
Also found a Blue i63 2h at over 1k.
You CAN farm for gear, its not hard. (I think the only things I GAH'd on my current gear is my Gloves and my Boots, I gotta spend the excess gold on something? I sell a ton of jazz on the GAH/RMAH)
No exploits, no vase runs, Barbarian.