Diablo® III

This is SCARY!!

I read this thread last night and while I don't have access to the Beta and don't have the energy for the PTR at the moment......when respected community members and MVP's are talking about the game like this it scares me!

One of the best posts I have seen was written by 'The Tias' on page one!

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11307900907?page=1

I can't help but be seriously worried for both Vanilla and RoS at this point; what does everyone else think when they see this type of feedback?

Is this now the time Blizzard needs to come forward and share more information about their plans?

The Tias Post

Addendum: Added section regarding Alts and low level gear farming and Smart Drops being not so smart

As much as it pains me to say this, and I really wanted to never get to this point, Drothvader's post is really only the tip of the iceberg with regard to the problems RoS has right now. He's already covered the drop rate issues and the sustainability of BoA, so I have no need to expound upon that too much, but there are several other issues that threaten to just destroy RoS outright if they aren't addressed. I'll go over those in this post.

Monster Scaling...or is it Monsters on a Scale?

This has been an issue ever since D3 launched, and continues to be an issue now. Originally monster HP in D3v was too high and their damage just obliterated anybody that wasn't in a tank build with nothing but regeneration and mitigation affixes across all of their gear. This was Inferno 1.0 and less than a handful of builds were even viable past Act 1, leaving few players to legitimately get anywhere, and that was only if they got lucky with the drops. Even fewer players got past Act 1 without cheesing Tyrael or abusing some other mechanic. But no matter what players did, monsters did damage in the range of 200k-400k damage per attack in Inferno 1.0.

Enter patch 1.0.5 and Monster Power. Inferno had been toned down, and the developers stated MP3 would be the equivalant of the "original" Inferno (that proved not to be true in the end). Players had hoped Monster Power would implement a sliding difficulty system, hopefully with more intelligent gameplay as difficulty levels progressed. Instead, they were met with more and more absurd scaling in both monster damage and monster HP, but especially with monster HP. Pre-Inferno MP10 wasn't completely off the wall, but it was still more than one would expect. In fact, at 400% HP, it was equivalant to /players 7 in Diablo 2: LoD.

However, Inferno was another matter entirely. It took only MP4 to break that barrier at 454% HP. MP10 jumped to a massively, humongous, whoppingly ludicrous 3439% HP. Yikes. So instead of many builds really being able to take on MP10 and kill things within any reaonable timeframe, only a few could. A very few. For everybody else it was an insanely long war of attrition just taking down trash monsters. Sadly, trash monsters would become the mainstay of what was killed as time progressed, but that will be mentioned later in the post.

Enter: Reaper of Souls. Monsters past LV 10 have more HP than monsters at LV 30 on Live. Starting at LV 40 it gets progressively worse, where monsters leave MP3 HP totals from Inferno in the dust. Yes, monsters at LV 40 going up to LV 50 have more HP than those found on Live in Inferno MP3. On Normal difficulty. We haven't even gotten to the higher difficulties yet. At LV 50, Normal difficulty trash monsters have well over 100k HP. Their elite brethren have 300k-450k HP.

As we get closer and closer to the LV 60-70 range, monsters leave even MP10 in the dust. At LV 70, Belial on Torment 6 has 44,000,000,000 HP. Yes, billions. To give you a perspective on that, the highest HP total MP10 monsters had roughly 330 million HP. So figure scaling roughly fifteen times greater than MP10 ever gave us. White "trash" monsters have 300 million HP each. And we see people asking for higher monster density for some reason. Trash monsters in MP10 had roughly 2-3 million HP. So for those we're talking a 100x increase. Given that our weapon DPS is only a bit less than double what it was in D3v (using the currently instated weapon DPS nerfs coming out of the FaF beta period), that's just insane. And the gear we have can't even support our playing in anything higher than T2 or T3 except for a few rather broken builds right now.

Moving on...

Affixes and Six Degrees of Separation (of Primary and Secondary affixes)

Originally, there were no Primary or Secondary affixes. They were all just grouped together and one had to hope that the affixes they wanted rolled on the item in question. Now they are clearly separated into two tiers, but there's a problem. Previously, all six of the potential affix slots could roll any of primary or what are now secondary affixes. In RoS, only four primary affixes can roll except on specific legendary items.

Now, the devs gave us more affixes to play with, but they also made getting certain things like mitigation stats or affixes harder if we want to maintain damage, and vice versa if we want to maintain survivability. Because healing affixes are Primary affixes (outside of health globe bonuses) and armor and all resist (AR) are both Primary affixes, those take up very valuable slots. It's even more aggravating for armor since the baseline armor values for items have not improved going from LV 60 to LV 70 items. This is critical since it is now virtually impossible to maintain anywhere near the golden 10:1 Armor to AR ratio for mitigation and still have any room for damage affixes. And you need that armor, since too little vs. AR and each point of AR suffers diminishing returns on an exponentially sliding scale because the other half of the multiplier (armor) isn't increasing. Good luck getting your damage affixes when you have to build for such high Toughness now.

Resistances are now also counted among the very aggravating affixes to get too. Single resists and AR cannot roll on the same item anymore. And what's worse, you cannot change single resists to AR. Single resists are a Secondary affix, and AR is a Primary affix, and you cannot exchange a Primary for a Secondary affix. This for Monks has made One With Everything (OWE) all but mandatory unless the player just decides to go AR on all pieces that can roll it. So that's another hit to our mitigation.

The loss of Life Steal was welcome initially, but that quickly turned sour when the scaling of the monster damage was realized. It didn't take players long to run into sustainability issues with regard to healing vs. damage intake. And with unavoidable damage being a rather significant portion of our damage intake now, this is a huge problem. Life on Hit (LoH) relies on a proc coefficient built into every skill. And each skill has a different coefficient. So most of the time, you aren't even getting the full effect of LoH, which even at a 1.0 coefficient (100% effectiveness per hit), it isn't keeping up at all with incoming damage.

So we gear for Life Regeneration (LR). This gives us consistent, if not timely, healing. And in concert with LoH should have sufficed for our needs. Unfortunately that has proven to also not be the case. Even with some players reaching 50k LoH, damage comes in far too quickly to heal, forcing the player to pray that life giving health globes drop, and drop soon.

Since LoH and LR together aren't enough to mitigate the incoming damage enough to help us survive, the three classes with Life per Resource Spent (LpRS), the Barbarian, Crusader, and Monk, had to add that to their gear to survive. So yet another Primary affix slot taken on weapons and helms. Unfortunately that got nerfed too much too. It produced a yo-yo effect much like LS does on Live, but it sustained us and was necessary really since monster damage and unavoidable damage combined for a lethal combination that the two previous affixes were found to be insufficient for. Sadly, LpRS is now pathetic and if we have any resource reduction affixes on our gear, is even less effective since the resources spent directly correlates to HP healed.

So instead of engaging combat where we...engage the enemy, we hit and run now. A lot. Too much in fact. It's maddening to constantly have to run. Not even in D2/Hell was it this bad.

The Elephant in the Room, or RoS is a Republican

Usually when things get out of control with scaling, it can be traced back to a very few, or even one source. Such is the case here in RoS, and anybody playing D3v will understand why. Critical Hit Damage (CHD).

A preface here: Total damage is as follows: Weapon damage * Mainstat multiplier * CHD * APS = DPS.

Now, you'll notice how each of those multiplies off of the others. It is not linear. It's not even logarithmic. It's almost exponential. If you have a weapon damage of 100, a mainstat of 3000, and a CHD stat of 400 your damage looks like so at 1.0 APS: 100 * 30.00 * (1 + 4.00) = 15,000. If you have 1.5 APS, that becomes 22,500 DPS. From a weapon with 100 damage. That's a factor of 225x weapon damage there.

So when we have that kind of damage output, guess what happens to monster HP? Yup, you guessed it, it has to scale just as absurdly. That's how we ended up with MP10 values like 3439% HP.

In RoS, it gets worse. So much worse that even Normal monsters have way more HP than on Live. In fact, LV 60 gear would have trouble downing some LV 50 monsters in a reasonable amount of time. Many players on the PTR have encountered this already. It's worse as you get into the RoS level range of 61-70. Much worse. And bosses are downright sadistic in the amount of HP they have.

And all of this is because our damage system is entirely multiplicative. And the primary culprit is CHD. It's what makes sockets mandatory on weapons, and even more so in RoS since weapons no longer roll CHD at all, even though armor does.

This should have been made 100% baseline with no CHD affix in the game. With that kind of setup, scaling is brought down tremendously. And if mainstat's interaction with weapon damage were normalized instead of being purely multiplicative, scaling could be even further lowered to finally come down to a sane amount.

Affixes 2: Electric Boogaloo

Legendaries and Sets have been designed with one purpose in mind in RoS: To trump everything else. Legendaries do this with "unique" affixes that are "game changing". And since the developers are insistent that we only seek Legendary and Set items as our ultimate prize, they also for some inexplicable reason retain their ability to roll certain affixes out of slot.

Examples of this are: Resource regeneration, Movement Speed, and Attack Speed. Notable culprits? The Witching Hour, Lacuni Prowlers, Stone of Jordan.

Utility affixes such as those that help us get around or that allow us to have better sustainability only show up on Legendaries outside of the two usual slots, which are class specific weapons and helms. And note that only class specific applies here. Regular versions of items in those slots cannot roll these affixes. And rare items cannot roll them at all out of their normal slots, so no rare ring can roll Spirit Regeneration for example.

This leads to many players keeping their LV 60 Legendaries well into LV 70 because if they didn't, their build would be broken because the affixes aren't there on rare gear and may not even be there on Legendary gear in the new versions out at LV 70. This is the primary reason rares cannot compete with Legendaries at all. Being locked out of these rather necessary affixes damages their power capability significantly.

But then there's the flip side: We've got Legendaries that are rolling worse stats and affixes than the rares they're supposed to replace. This is especially true of the crafted Legendaries and Set items, which almost always roll worse than the rare of the same slot does. This leads to things like what Drothvader and I have both experienced, which is finding a Legendary that can beat the rare in the same slot is very difficult. And with the drop rates the way they are, next to impossible.

So this little conundrum creates an artificial brick wall for player progression when it doesn't have to (and shouldn't). And it's a primary culprit in keeping builds alive in RoS sans Legendaries, as well as forcing Legendaries to be the only endgame in town.

It truly is a contradictory system.

Movement Speed, Where Art Thou, or Snail Males and Females: Part Deux

Why is it that in RoS we're still running around so slowly it's like trying to move through frozen molasses during winter? The movement speed cap remains the same. The movement speed limitations on gear remain the same. Yet monsters move faster than ever before. Getting around the zones feels like a slog and generally speaking is very unpleasant. Why else do you think the Steed is mandatory on the Crusader, Vault is mandatory on Demon Hunters, Teleport is mandatory on Wizards, and things like Tempest Rush feel mandatory on Monks and other classes?

If a fourteen year old game like Diablo 2 could handle some really fast run speeds, why the hell are we stuck with such slow moving characters?

Crowd Control, or Can You Just Pepper Spray Me and Get It Overwith?

Diablo is built on RNG. It's at the heart of the game. Unfortunately, so too is its arch nemesis, Mr. Binary in RoS.

So many CC affixes I don't even know where to start. And they now come in single, double, and triple decker portions on the elites (and uniques). These are the affixes that basically take skill out of the equation by causing partial or total loss of character control. And they're around every corner in RoS.

Most classes have at least one "escape" ability to get them out of being CC'd, but they're almost all on fairly long cooldowns, and only a scant few are spammable, and even then only with very broken set item bonuses such as the Demon Hunter's original Natalyas set pieces that allow Discipline to essentially regenerate quickly enough to be virtually unlimited. Unfortunately for the players, however, monsters are not limited by resources, and apparently not even really by cooldowns.

On my DH, I've run into monsters that have three CC affixes such as Waller/Jailer/Vortex and those alone have been able to chain CC me for upwards of 60-120 seconds at a time (yes, without smoke screen on my bar, it's constant CC all the time). Now let's add in some monsters that have innate CC such as knockback, a stun, or a snare. Those aren't on cooldowns and you can be hit with them repeatedly by multiple monsters. A pack of Armaddons even without CC affixes can decimate your character via repeated stuns alone. Remember, your escape abilities are on cooldowns. Use it, and if you're CC'd again, sucks to be you.

And this situation isn't the exception to the rule in RoS, it is the norm. I feel like every time I turn around I'm going to be CC'd to death. If it doesn't have a snare, it has a root. If it doesn't have a root, it has a stun. If it doesn't have a stun, it has a knockback. If it doesn't have a knockback it sucks me in. If it doesn't suck me in, it fears me.

And then there's the problem of CC affixes triggering from other affixes' damage. I've been feared and knocked back countless times from being hit by mortar, thunderstorm, or any other damaging affix.

As if that weren't enough...

Stuck Between a Hard Rock Cafe and Melrose Place

Unavoidable damage. Nearly every game has at least some of this. Most use it sparingly. Some use it liberally, but usually only if there are a great many ways to deal with it. RoS uses it like a Louisianna swamp rat does BBQ sauce on his gator fixin's. It's literally eveywhere.

From being CC'd to monsters with innate CC and/or the ability to charge you from offscreen to deliver that damage, you'll run into it all the time. But the worst is the new damage components attached to the now infamous CC affixes.

Thunderstorm is virtually unavoidable for the first hit, though it doesn't "chase" you as of the current patch. Unfortunately for melee that's not much consolation since they're usually locked in place when attacking and movement speed being what it is means we're still going to get hit more often than not by Thunderstorm's subsequent strikes. This affix also triggers certain CC affixes such as Knockback and Nightmarish.

Vortex, Jailer, Wormhole now have damage components when they affect your character. For the latter two, your character being hit with the affix or moving into the wormhole damages you in addition to the CC imposed upon you. For Vortex, even the act of the Vortex damages you, even if no other monster is in range to hit you with anything. You can block the CC mostly by terrain with Vortex, but not the damage component.

But now even Frozen has a damage component attached to it. I tested it on Live today to make sure, and it has no damage component. However, in RoS, as of this patch, as the frozen crystal grows in size, the area indicated on the ground as the "final" explosion radius also ticks for sizeable damage about three times per second. So even if you manage to avoid being frozen, you're going to take damage no matter what unless you can also avoid even the final exploision radius/area altogether. So that counts as yet another form of unavoidable damage too.

So you have constant CC, damage components attached to that CC, and together they make for one hell of a gigantic gear check. Not a skill check. Not an awareness check. A gear check. And that's sadly what most of RoS boils down to - pure gear checks galore.

Witch...crafting, or Salem Vi

Along with some very dismal drop rates for legendaries, the crafting materials also suffer maladies as well. Rares are so abundant that Veiled Crystals and Iridescent Tears rain from the sky. But the magic components Exquisite Essence and Arcane Dust? Those are found at less than a 1:10 ratio vs. their rare contemporaries, and that's assuming you pick every last one of them up. Unfortunately for us, the recent halving of magic reagent crafting materials didn't exactly do much to put a dent into that problem given they're also required to reroll affixes on items.

As for the crafting itself, the results are anything but good. In fact, the crafted Legendary items almost always roll worse than whatever rare item you might be wearing at the time. They also suffer from the exact same RNG with regard to affix combinations that rares do, and they don't even come with a unique affix like "real" Legendaries do.

If you factor all of that in along with the time it takes to find the necessary Legendary crafting materials and common (white) items, some of which still don't seem to be in the game or are impossible to get to drop *cough*Ascended Quivers*cough*, the crafting system is an abysmal failure. You're better off using your blood shards to gamble for good rares.

Or at least you were...

What Should Have Stayed in Vegas...Didn't

So the Legendary drop rates are abysmal. We get that. We've known it for some time now. So have the developers. So what do they do to counter it? Do they increase the drop rates to a sane level? Nope. Do they add in some sort of RNG protection against repeated bad luck/dry spells? Eh...no. So what was put in?

Gambling for Legendaries.

Previously Kadala, the Blood Shard gambling vendor only gave out magic or rare items (usually the latter past LV 10 and the former from LV 1-9). Now she can generate Legendaries as well, though it's unclear if she can generate low level Legendaries properly.

It used to be that we'd do bounties for caches to find Legendaries. Originally we found them in Rifts back in the FaF beta. Now all I hear is "just do bounties to get blood shards and gamble for legs. It's better than anything else to find them!"

Sigh. Really?

So the drop rates weren't brought up as Drothvader mentioned, and we got this instead. Forget slaying monsters for your loot, we'll just visit the vendor instead. How...dull. In a game that's supposed to be about finding your loot by slaying hordes of demons and whatnot, this has to be about as anti-clamactic as it gets. I used to think the Horadric Caches were a bad idea, but those are diamonds in the rough compared to this farce.

There's A Bounty Out...On You

Right now, Nephalem Rifts are about as unrewarding as it gets. You kill hordes of monsters, but they aren't dropping anything. So you kill the bosses, only to find that like the Greater Horadric Caches that used to be awarded for downing said bosses, don't drop Legendaries. Like ever. And now the Blood Shards are gone as rewards too, so you can forget that being an avenue toward progression if you prefer doing Rifts.

Not that you can really do that many Rifts in the first place since the keystones only drop from a fully completed set of five bounties. Bounties are also the only place to get Blood Shards. You can't get them in Campaign mode, or in Rifts. Bosses don't drop them. So if you want to gamble for that Legendary or just some rares that you need to shore up your lacking gear, it's Bounties or Bust.

These have become the most important tasks to do in the game. You can't do much of anything else in RoS without first doing Bounties. Rifts are tied directly to how many bounty sets you complete. Gambling is tied to the bounties. Gold is tied to the bounties (as they are worth infinitely more than monster drops are on any difficulty). Your whole freaking livelihood in the game is tied to bounties.

So much for variety in playstyles. Or choice.

Watch Out For That...(THUD) Brick Wall (OW!)

In the FaF beta, magic, rare, and Legendary/Set items would roll at the level of the character when they dropped. Now only Legendary and Set items do so. The rest? They are now tied once again to the Live version of Diablo 3's "block" system. I call it the "level block tiering system".

So what is this tiering system? It's where items of a given type, class, or slot will drop only at specific levels. In between those levels the items will drop only from the last tier you reached. So if an item drops at LV 15, 22, 28, 34, 40, and 50 and your character is at LV 33 when they get that item type to drop, they'll get an item from LV 28 instead of LV 33 if it is a magic or rare item.

What this does is create several "brick walls" along the way as you level up, since monsters are scaling along with your character as you level up, but the items that drop do not unless they're Legendaries. But remember, those hardly drop now at all. This becomes very noticeable once you hit LV 40 going all the way to LV 70 due to the monsters scaling exponentially, yet your gear isn't improving anywhere near enough to keep up because in most cases items are dropping at levels well below what you need them to be at.

And so you hit "brick walls" where you can't easily progress because monsters are scaled too high for your gear, but you can't get better gear until a certain level past where you are currently at. It's putting the cart before the horse, and the cart is kicking the horse in the head. This is a very unnatural progression curve, and such stumbling blocks (and I use that term very liberally here) really kill a player's momentum when leveling. We see a sort of similar occurence at LV 70 due to the disparity between rares and Legendary/Set items as well, so these "brick walls" aren't limited solely to leveling characters.

Salvage Rights...Or Is It Salvage Rites?

Let's face it. RoS has some quality of life issues. High up on that list is the chore known as Salvaging. Despite the "less is more" intent behind Loot 2.0, we find ourselves salvaging more now than we ever did on Live. And we have to go back to town to do so. This has the unwanted effect of breaking up combat on a very consistent basis. Far more so than any of the devs would lead us to believe. In a group, this becomes beyond frustrating as not everybody's inventory fills up at the same time, and in the current splitfarming environment, you're "on the clock" against other players, meaning going back and forth between town and battlefield is precious wasted time wasted.

We've been asking for a means to salvage on the go for a long time now during the beta and yet we still have to go back and forth to do so. I have eleven thousand Veiled Crystals, and various other materials gathered from salvaging. Let's assume I have 20 1x2 item spaces available in my inventory on average. That's 11,000 ÷ 20 = 550 trips back and forth just to salvage. Now even assuming all items I get are 1x1 in size, that's 225 trips back to town to salvage.

That's ridiculous. And I need to salvage, since certain materials are in such short supply that I have to constantly pick up their associated items and salvage them.

A Salvage and Salvage All button would be nice in our inventory windows please. Salvage All would work on all items of a specific rarity except Legendary items (for what I hope are obvious reasons). This would greatly lessen the time spent dealing with these items. And if you couple this with the idea to make all crafting materials other than gems into UI resources, we free up inventory space as well in our stash, whcih allows us to hold more of those annoyingly difficult to find white/common items used for Legendary/Set crafting.

Arrested Development

Throughout the beta thus far, the development cycle and methodology has just completely baffled us. There isn't a single soul out there that understands why we're seeing such awful changes to the game that seem to defy all amounts of feedback we give to the developers. It's like they either have their own vision and are just ignoring us, or are being ultra selective about who they listen to and/or taking their data and suggestions from those people that cheated their way to the top via exploits and thus were already considered skewed data at best.

We see threads asking for feedback, only to find that the feedback requested is for a tiny subset of the subject matter (e.g. feedback requested for Ubers...in Torment only) or we give feedback on our own and see it go by the wayside. And the result is what we have now - a broken game that is both unrewarding and fast becoming a repeat of history past, right down to how feedback was handled the first time around two years ago.

Alt-ernate Realities

In all Diablo games prior to RoS, including Diablo 3 Vanilla itself, we've had the ability to farm for our alts, be it low level gear, mid level gear, or max level gear. Unfortunately, RoS/Loot 2.0 takes that completely away from us.

Monsters, as you know, now scale with our characters. As such, we have precious little time to get any legendaries or even really good rares within a specific level range as we level up. And once we're past that leven range, we're screwed because we cannot turn off the monster scaling at all. Nor can we select a monster level for us to fight against to farm that gear from. So now we're forced to just basically find our drops from...waaaaaaaait for it....Kadala. Yes, the infamous Vegas bunny girl has surfaced again to serve up our uh....needs.

I'm beginning to wonder just who those blood shards are coming from. Could it be us players after we've gouged our eyes out in total frustration from lack of fun? Nah, that couldn't be.....

Get Smart Drops The Ball

The Smart Drop system. Sounds cool. Feels cool when you're looking for upgrades for the character you're currently playing. However, much like the Smart Heals in WoW, they're actually really dumb and are ultimately more harm than good in the long run.

You see, along with the inability to farm for alts at lower levels, you also have difficulty farming for them at high level too because Smart Drops also mean class specific affixes and class specific gear being the norm. So if you want STR gear for your Barbarian or Crusader and you're plalying a Monk or DH, good luck.

But there's another annoying fly in the soup: getting gear for your follower. Unless your follower happens to use the same primary stat as your currently played character, you'll need to switch to a class that matches that primary stat and farm their gear that way. Assuming you have such a character/class available at the level required. Here the Smart Drop system rears its head and blocks your efforts. As an example, it took me nine hours of continuous farming on my DH and Monk to find two measly INT rings for my follower. Nine hours. For two rings.

So we've yet another system whose intent is good, but whose implementation destroys more than it improves.

Group Play, or Doing the Banana Split...farming

This one is a biggie. And it's going to hit a lot of players where it hurts. What is it? Splitfarming.

What is splitfarming? It's taking each individual member of a group and having them each do separate bounties in Adventure Mode. This maximizes reward intake and is far more efficient than solo play, or even group play where the group members stick together to tackle the tasks and monsters.

This is efficient, but extremely taxing on the player. Not only are you now playing "against the clock" with regard to the other members of your group, you are facing monsters that have scaled up due to multiple players being in the same game, only you don't have your group members to help you. You're on your own killing the monsters solo. This means that you are effectively taking on monsters that are as powerful as they would be in a solo game of a full difficulty tier higher than what you're playing on with the group. And because you aren't taking on those monsters together, kill speed drops drastically per player (yet still manages to be more efficient than any other method, which should be a huge honkin' red flag with a skull and crossbones on it to the developers.)

The net effect of this is that a player that could handle say, Expert dificulty solo, ends up feeling like they're weak and not of much use to the group if playing on that same difficulty and splitfarming. As mentioned before they're on the clock since there are now other impatient players in the game with them. But their killing speed is greatly reduced because they're facing monsters that are stronger than they would be in a solo game, yet they're going it...solo due to the nature of splitfarming. And because this is so efficient, it's deemed mandatory to get anywhere near a reasonable amount of good loot.

But there's another snag holding back group play, and that's the Smart Drop system. In a solo game, Smart Drops make sense as you're the only one playing. But in a group game, that same system brings along a very bothersome side effect: Stacking the same class is the most efficient way to get chances at loot that any of the group members can use and provides the best opportunity cost of all of the setups possible. And since you can only trade with people that are in your group, most want to be in groups that are made up of the same class to maximize their chances at loot. Whoops.

I had the recent experience this morning of being in a group with Starbird on Expert. My monk can barely kill things on Normal at a decent clip with her TR build, and wasn't even going to attempt to touch Expert, so I brought in my DH, with about 790k DPS. Funny thing is, she's stuck on Normal too because kill times are just too low on higher difficulties due to the monster scaling despite that DPS unless I use some pretty broken builds. I don't like playing builds I don't like just to be efficient. Unfortunately, I pretty much have to in a group. In this morning's group, for every one bounty I completed, the other group members completed four to five bounties. I felt weak. I felt like I was holding the group back. They tried to tell me it was OK and just to stick with it as I was still helping them. But it made me feel miserable. So miserable that I actually told Starbird that I was dropping from the group after just one game because I hated how it made me feel to be so craptacular vs. the rest of my team.

I'd have felt a lot better in a "real" group play setting where we helped each other take down the monsters together, but with splitfarming, the group dynamic was such that there was no room for joy at all. I just finally decided to go solo and play by myself since group play was so hellish for me. Starbird told me to switch to one of the more broken builds for my DH, but I told him I tried it already and hated its playstyle. If playing a build you hate is the only way to feel even halfway decent about your contribution to the group, then the mechanics involved as created by the developers with regard to group play are a total failure and at that point we might as well just be given an offline mode for all the good online does us.

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In closing, I'm sad to say that the group play dynamic (or lack thereof) was the final straw for me. I never thought I'd actually get to the point I'm at now, given how enthusiastic I was going into the beta, but after experiencing the god awful group play this morning I'd finally had enough and cancelled my RoS CE preorder. And because of that, even if I were to reorder later (or even now), I likely wouldn't get one even if I wanted to, which sadly at this point I couldn't care less if I did. The game in its current state is beyond redemption. It's beyond ridiculous. Frankly, as far as I'm concerned, barring a miracle, it's beyond hope.

I did not think it possible to make the game any worse than what we have on Live. Boy, was I wrong about that. The game had such good beginnings in the FaF beta, but for some reason or another the developers have driven it downhill, and into a lake for it to sink unceremoniously into the depths of time. I do not see RoS being viable past a month, maybe two at the outset in its current state. And while I'll continue to test the beta, the level of dreariness that this game has brought to me has caused me to all but completely lose faith that it will be what it was supposed to be: a resurrection of the once glorious Diablo franchise.

I truly wish I didn't feel this way. It's an awful thing to have to say to any of you, but the culmination of flaws in both design and intent is what you see today. And the evidence speaks for itself.

To the developers: If you have any semblance of a desire to make this game great, you'll have to work hard to convince me and many others, because right now, we're not seeing it. We want to see it. We want to have a kickass game that lasts for years. We want to say we're proud to play the game you worked so hard on.

I can't say that right now. :(

Edit: Pics or it didn't happen:

Original Amazon order: http://imageshack.com/a/img163/9440/to6n.png

Cancellation: http://imageshack.com/a/img35/1152/i0de.png

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Edited by TheTias#1192 on 1/18/2014 9:39 PM PST
Edited by Gibs#1324 on 1/19/2014 4:37 PM PST
Having just read the thread today, I agree 100%.....It's mind boggling how even MVP's are saying they wouldn't recommend ordering RoS and giving valid concerns.
01/19/2014 12:59 PMPosted by Gibs
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11307900907?page=1


I think when MVP's(essentially Blizzard's Ambassadors on the forums) are threatening to not buy the game, it creates a lot of bad publicity. That green text holds a lot of weight for some people. I really wouldn't be surprised to see them stripped of MVP status.
Feedback is one thing. Feedback and honest criticism is a wonderful thing.

Threatening to boycott the game is an entirely different beast, and is highly unbecoming of an MVP.
01/19/2014 01:27 PMPosted by ImmortalKing
Feedback is one thing. Feedback and honest criticism is a wonderful thing.

Threatening to boycott the game is an entirely different beast, and is highly unbecoming of an MVP.


Blizzard does not exactly provide insight into their decisions so I can see why the Beta guys would be scared with only a few months to go.

The Tias IMO actually provides a great depth of feedback in his post which to me is the highlight of the thread.

Overall though between this concern and the lack of blue responses/updates I can't say as an outsider I feel very confident at this point.

We have three ways to get updates o this game;

1) Blizzard
2) Beta/PTR players
3) You tube

The most important being updates from Blizzard however we are currently being left to 1 and 2 when deciding wether or no to buy the game; two months out I just can't decide!
Edited by Gibs#1324 on 1/19/2014 1:35 PM PST
01/19/2014 01:27 PMPosted by ImmortalKing
Feedback is one thing. Feedback and honest criticism is a wonderful thing.

Threatening to boycott the game is an entirely different beast, and is highly unbecoming of an MVP.

They aren't just threatening...
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11307900907?page=2#23
01/19/2014 01:47 PMPosted by Vresiberba
Feedback is one thing. Feedback and honest criticism is a wonderful thing.

Threatening to boycott the game is an entirely different beast, and is highly unbecoming of an MVP.

They aren't just threatening...
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11307900907?page=2#23


Forget all the other threads on these forums IMO those few threads on the Beta Feedback pages are by far the most important and ones we should keep our eyes on. These posters are guys that we can trust and have a deep love for the game........if they are saying this it does not look good for release.

Hell I trust the MVP's feedback more than anything Blizzard says at this point
He lucky he didnt order via battlnet balance. I want a refund on two copies I ordered after reading that. Sounds like game is complete sh1t.
I knew Droth was going to stick his foot in his mouth. The issues were once again very obvious to the fans who have been criticizing this game since D3V beta. I'm glad he came around on the issues before RoS released though. I appreciate that he stepped up and posted that discussion as well as TheTias's additional feedback.

Blizz boots trade so you get your loot from mobs, then they go ahead and add a system in which you gamble for loot because mobs don't drop loot...........

This dev team ...... lol.
Edited by Menacetech#1216 on 1/19/2014 2:22 PM PST
@TheTias

Wow! Basically hit every single nail right on the head. Individually some of these issues were obvious to many of us: CHD Nonsense, Monster HP, Gear Checks, etc. but to see it all lined up like that in one spectacular, well executed post was nothing short of impressive.

Personally I have not pre-ordered RoS - I have never pre-ordered a game in my life - but I will definitely think twice about running out to buy this on launch day.

Just over two months to launch, hope they can pull a miracle out of nowhere and blow us all out of the water. Either that or just release it anyway and patch it up over time (gee, where have I seen that before?)

Oh, and still no mention of any proper endgame. No endless tower/dungeon, no PvP (or a PvPvE which could be cool), who in their right mind releases a game with nothing to DO?

(The new, rehashed ubers feat. Uber D doesn't really count, either, since we already have that in the game anyway)
I have read that whole thing and it just amazes me that they are taking the direction that 95% of the player base is against. Why would you nerf FUN, AWESOME builds that have KEPT so many people playing this empty game and supporting you blizzard????? Why not BUFF EVERYTHING to the same level so we the players can have fun again! Build diversity is very HUGE, a vital thing, must have and did I say VERY IMPORTANT to end game. It makes people think, get excited and work towards something.

Ofcourse the main topic's were drops rates and BOA etc etc. Yet again blizz does the EXACT opposite of what 99% of the players want! I do understand that it would get rid of alot of spam in that regard but it's also going to get rid of alot of players at the same time.

Blizzard, the only way you are going to make this game a hit and bring (and KEEP) players playing it is giving us what we have been begging for since the beginning. We want LOOT! and when you take away the auction house and not BUFF the drop rates to where we can build tons of different builds the way we want (not the way you think is best!!) and gives us a REAL PVP arena that you promised and give us EPIC maps and bosses to kill which gives us LOOT then you will for sure kill this very game.

So many people have stuck with you and kept supporting you in hopes that you just get it. You have not, and as it looks based on countless player feed back on RoS you still just don't get it. I wonder if the CM's are partly at fault by not relaying so many great ideas that could of made this game GREAT. I just don't know what else to think TBH. I can name 10 people just off the top of my head that had so many EPIC ideas and yet NONE of them have been implemented.

I will tell you this, If you don't get it right this time I just don't think this game will last another two years. You have sadly let everyone down countless times and I just don't see people falling for it again.
1) Remove trade
2) Abyssal drop-rate
3) Horribly implemented features

Sounds nice a nice cocktail for disaster.

I gave my heart and soul giving feedback and opinions. To see where they are bringing the game is disheartening. I stuck around, hoping for the best, even when the game was more than horrible (pre paragon, loot 1.0). I'm starting to realize that the best is not really coming... They are clueless. They are doing everything wrong... Sigh. Wake up already. Nobody likes having this though "am I even going to find a single legendary if I play all day". It should be "which legendary will I find today".

Stop attaching the best loots to difficulties. It failed in D3V and it will fail again in RoS. Challenging content should be tackled for just that, challenge. If you add the best loots to it, people who are not ready for it will smash their head against a brick wall.

Add an endless dungeon, endless wave or whatever. Make those events as hard as possible. Hell, make them impossible if you want to. People are not going to be forced to do those things if they do not want to.
Please fix the friend request issue, as logging in to a hundred requests+ is not acceptable nor will be tolerated anymore. They are in violation of the TOS and COD that Blizzard itself has laid out, but does NOT enforce. I will no longer log in to spend all my time reporting these idiots (which you can only do a certain number of times before you get 'input limit error') and they blatantly violate Blizzards terms, nor will I pay for expansions or and more content with this simple but major issue continuing. I will return this game for it is not working properly.
Ban these idiots or lose your paying customers.
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Well, guess it is time to find out, if Blizzard South have balls or if they really are neutered!

"Done, when it is done!"

If the game, at this point, really is this miserable, they need to postpone the release. It takes, what, 5-7 weeks going Gold, which leaves them really little time to fix everything, if possible at all.

With the info surfacing regarding the Beta, I am glad I decided to wait a couple of months before buying ROS, and not pre-order like I did Vanilla.
Edited by KingD#2483 on 1/19/2014 2:41 PM PST
Beautiful analysis TheTias. Thanks for that read. I want to love this game. Definitely will be taking the wait and see approach. I'll give them a year of patching and improving (hopefully) post release. If it looks good then I'll buy. If its not good at that point and no signs of modding support I'll pass. The mere word of mod support and I'll purchase it no matter the state of the game. I know there is immense talent out there that "gets it".
01/19/2014 03:34 PMPosted by Matt
Beautiful analysis TheTias. Thanks for that read. I want to love this game. Definitely will be taking the wait and see approach. I'll give them a year of patching and improving (hopefully) post release. If it looks good then I'll buy. If its not good at that point and no signs of modding support I'll pass. The mere word of mod support and I'll purchase it no matter the state of the game. I know there is immense talent out there that "gets it".


They'll probably won't ever release D3 to the modding community. I'll be up in clouds if they did, but don't see it happen. perhaps after 2nd pack + some years could be a slim possibilty. If not then, then never.
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