I decided to give Valor Crusader a shot. Instead of farming Sanctuary for the Valor set, I decided to upgrade to it. Started with 13k Veiled Crystals + almost 3k DB’s from all the Waste-Sage Barb speedfarming. Within 15 minutes and 10k VC’s later I had my
- full set
- cubed Darklight
- ancient 2hander
- ancient/primal Crimson combo
I’m not quite finished yet, but I’m working on it.
Moral of the story: I completed the majority of my desired build in under 30 minutes all on my own. No gearing partner, no bot, no trade. And I’m not even anything more than a casual, haven’t even cracked GR100 yet in any regions and haven’t ranked anywhere (nor do I care to try).
If I can do it, anyone and their cute fluffy cuddly granny can do it.
In D3 currently, if you want to gear-boost someone, you can. Give them the item/s they need while you’re playing together. The current BOA iteration + the “2-hour trade window with everyone in your party at the time the item dropped” encourages group play for those who like to warm the cockles of their heart by giving higher-quality gear to those who have reached lvl70 but aren’t properly equipped yet.
And at the same time it KILLED item sellers who were illegally making money off D3, it ended the constant spamming of bot messages in the chat channels (I sure remember the nonstop complaints about chat bots), and the upgrades to itemization allowed for easier gearing than ever.
Whereas looking at Diablo 2 + console D3, where BOA does not exist: they are both cesspools of cheaters, scammers, hackers + dupers, with rampant illegal profiteering.
THAT is what the same 2-3 people’s incessant thread spamming is all about. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONAY!!! No sane, logical person would be this obsessed with trading in a video game unless it involves money.
Money is the root of ALL evil in the world.
We shall never forget D3’s precious Real Money Auction House that plagued this poor game for the first 2 years of its life. Drop rates and drop quality were driven right into the ground to make sure top-end items STAYED top-end and keep having the highest price attached to them. The larger the price tag, the bigger Blizzard’s cut was. 15% flat fee off each transaction.
I saw a rare amulet go for almost $3k. 15% of $3k is $450. That is pure insanity, but that was the reality at the time. D3 was nothing more than an online casino, and plenty people walked away with much fatter purses when the abomination known as the RMAH was finally taken down for good.
And when that happened, when BOA was introduced and people lost their income supplement (eeeeeezy monay!!!), they flipped their lid. Their constant complaint of “WAAAAAAAAAH we can no longer trade items with our friends” was clearly a load of pooies because you can still trade with your friends WHILE you’re playing with them at the same time! Voila!
BOA brought people together!!! How neat is that??
And it is exactly what Diablo 4 needs in order to wash away the RMAH stain and have a far greater reputation than D3 could ever have. I want to be able to gear myself without relying on a slot machine that swaps $$$ for loot, or being stuck farming the exact same areas over and over again in hopes of seeing an upgrade more than once in a blue moon.
But the credit card warriors of old don’t care about that. They don’t care about the franchise of Diablo. All they care about is making easy money. That’s why you have the same 2-3 people spamming thread after thread, begging for open trade in D4 - and in the same breath complaining that gearing in D3 is too easy “ZOMG LEG DROP RATES TOO HIGH!!!” “ZOMG HAEDRIG’S GIFT!!!”
All the while they’re completely incapable of providing a SOLID, VALID, IRREFUTABLE reason why open trade should return. Their entire argument for open trading consists of “I WANT I WANT I WANT”. And then they flip their lid and go spam their forum flags when people completely demolish their weak arguments with facts. Which I have done all over this thread.
What are facts? Facts are pieces of information set in stone and are not subject to scrutiny or subjective interpretation.
Fact: Diablo 2 is a cesspool of cheaters, botters, hackers, dupers.
Fact: Diablo 3 on console is a cesspool of cheaters, hackers, dupers.
Fact: Diablo 3 leaderboards are full of botters who ranked this high solely because their bots endlessly farmed gear, mats, XP + gold for them.
FACT: Diablo 4 will be a cesspool of cheaters, hackers, dupers + botters if it has open trade.
How do we know that? Because that is exactly what happened to Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 with unchecked trading. It’s called a pattern.