Augmenting was introduced to address several things:
- It diminishes the impact of paragon. A rank 100 augmentation makes up for 100 paragon level, so the difference between a fully augmented character and one without any augments is 1300 paragon ranks. More importantly, by further artificially inflating main stat on gear to levels of 25000 for some of the top players, the effect of additional paragon levels is devalued.
Unless I am missing something, like your character main stat can diminish, but any player with 1000 more paragon main stat, will still be ahead. Because chances are they probably have the same augmentation, if not higher augmented gear.
And when does the effect of additional paragon levels become devalued? It seems with each patch the power creep increases, we have higher average farming greater rift levels, so the next season we will be seeing 2500-3000 levels achieved. At what point does someone decide it's not worth the time, for say - 500 levels?
It's just too much on top of each other with the power creep adding higher levels. Full set of gear with an average of level 90-100 gems now in season 6, as well as aiming for 2000+ in levels.
I am all in favour of you get what time you put in, but I expected that the time would come in the sense of finding perfect gear. With paragons and augmenting, the game has now just become a little too repetitive.