Blizzard please update us on how gems and sockets will work on release! One of my favourite bits of info about this game was when you guys said "Even the elitist players will probably never get the best gem in every socket, so there's always room for improvement". (roughly quoted).
God I hope that's still true... because all I keep seeing is the gem system changed and changed to the point where we might as well just pick which gem we want in our gear for free, like a rune, because there's no effort required in getting it.
For example, the amount of times you can combine gems (for example, three rank 11's making a rank 12) has been reduced, the different types have been reduced (sapphire and diamond removed, after skull was already not in the game to begin with), and now, if true, the amount of sockets we can have on a character has been reduced too...
So please, inform us on what the current situation is for release!