Quote from BigEd781
Quote from Tsukishima
Gearing is not dependent on AH.
You're supposed to use that BS to maintain equipment comparable for your level. Once you're in NM, you should also have significant gem upgrades which can make a world of difference as well for socketed weapons at that difficulty bracket.
Yep, that is theoretically correct. Of course, in practice, completely incorrect. You hit a wall in, say, Hell. What do you do?
1. Grind for hours/days/weeks to get better gear so that you can progress.
2. Spend a bunch of gold on the BS in hopes that one piece rolls well.
3. Go to the AH and spend 10k on an OP weapon. Proceed to annihilate everything in your path until you hit inferno.
#3 is the obvious choice, and #3 is what 99% of people will chose. So, in practice, that is the design, regardless of the developer's original intent. What you're "supposed to do" is irrelevant. Why would anyone waste time/gold when I have a sure-fire route to success via the AH?
I am in almost total agreement with you Big.
The BS provides ALL upgrades throughout hell difficulty. People see the option of using the AH, and they see better items on AH than they get via BS and they assume those are what they need. Hell difficulty can be played through completely off the BS. I have done it on most of my 60's while selling good drops for other classes on the AH.
Loot in this game is RNG. Eventually you will hit a soft cap on your gear where upgrades drop so rarely that they seem to never drop. Whether Bliz ups the quality of drops or not people will still bitch and complain about this. It is a lose lose situation. That being said, the item quality of drops in D2 were even shittier than in D3. How often in D2 did you get a rare drop? I mean seriously? 90% of the loot that dropped in D2 was blue. In my expansive time playing D2 I dropped more legendaries than useful rares. Every person I know or have played with will say the same thing in a heartbeat so long as they aren't wearing their rose tinted nostalgia glasses.
The only reason loot seems to be worse in D3 than in D2 is because D3's difficulty is infinitely higher than it was in D2. D2 was a game created for autistic blind monkeys when compared to D3. D3 having such a higher difficulty means that loot and gear actually matters. In D2 you could clear all of normal, nightmare, and a majority of hell "EASILY" while wearing the immortal Kings set. Immortal kings in D2 was a pre lvl 20 set. That speaks volumes about how terribly different D2 and D3 difficulty is.
Unfortunately some people are not intelligent enough to understand this and instead will make crybaby posts on unofficial forums.
Also, your comment about "supposed to do" hits the nail on the head. OP talks about "supposed to" or "should be able to" or whatever other nonsensical bullshit he has been spouting. Fact is that I did not receive a rulebook with the game telling me how I was supposed to do anything in the game. Retarded assumptions and ignorance IMO.