i posted this in another thread but figured i’d start my own… my honest opinion, i’d rather not have trading or I would prefer that it be very limited (Only leveling and low level items are tradeable, max level gear is not).
I honestly prefer playing the game and knowing that i’ll eventually get the drop i need, i feel this is something current Diablo 3 has gotten very right, you can piece together the build relatively-fast while working towards perfect gear over time…Now i can agree the initial gearing up needs to take a bit more time in d3 but thats a nob that can be turned.
I’d prefer not getting a random drop that i then have to either find someone who has what i want and trade for(assuming they want the item i have), or convert it into a standard currency and use that currency to buy the item i want (IE i will get 10 soj for this item, the item i want costs 10 soj… cool).
I think trading can have a place(Being able to drop leveling gear on a friend for example to kit them out and give them a head start) but my worry is that, with trading, drop rates of items will be reduced meaning the best way to kit your character out is to play the market and flip currency until you can buy your item. Or find a specific thing you can farm fast, convert that to currency, then buy your gear…
I don’t understand the logic right now the cycle is
a. Kill things > get loot you need relatively soon > minmax it over time by playing the game and getting more drops.
with trading the cycle is
b. Kill things > get some items you don’t need > Trade those items for items you need (OR trade those items for currency > Trade that currency for an item you need, likely save up and buy the best one on the market board as soon as you can > Not have any room to improve your character because you bought the best item you could > sit around in town bored waiting for stuff of yours to sell on the market so you can buy your thing since it’s more efficient to do that rather than farm the item yourself.
I’m really hoping we don’t get to B as that’s what early D3 was like, that’s also what D2 was like. D2 was constantly farming Baal, Mephisto and Pindel for that clutch drop you could trade for 20-40 SOJ, you then bought the item you wanted with those SOJ’s.
Similarly in PoE > you get insane drops to trade for chaos orbs or exalted orbs, you then buy the gear you want with those orbs.
I prefer the d3 style of if you just play the game eventually you will find the item(s) you need to make yoru build. Either through killing things, spam crafting or gambling. the d3 system is much better and keeps you playing the game not a marketboard.