Posted by Bashiok
i have ZERO chance to find a legendary, because the server has now adjusted the rates on the fly, because others have already found it.
That's not what was said or implied at all, sorry if it was confusing. The AH doesn't have any affect on the literal drop rates of items depending on what's available.
What I said, and what is true, is that with far more players and an increased proliferation of item trade, we have to factor in how many items are being found by players and how quickly a player can gear up by 'sourcing' items from others through trade and the convenience of the gold auction house.
If we say "a player should have X power in Y amount of time through drops" and completely ignore that the time factor can be reduced by simply having access to more drops through trading and the auction house, players would be gearing up far quicker than we've determined they should. It has nothing to do with the auction house per se, but the general ease at which players have access to more items than they would without it and us needing to keep that in mind while balancing drops. It would be rather poorly thought out if we balanced drops completely ignoring all of the ways players can gear up, and trading is certainly one of them.
Obviously everyone wants the best gear possible as quickly as possible, and us attempting to mediate that through design that takes all factors into account is not always going to be a popular notion.
So what Bash is saying Use the AH?? I thought we didn't have to use the AH. Basically the players who don't use the AH is given the crap loots and the players that have the godly gear is finding all the good rares and all the legendary items. So because the better geared players are finding all of the good gear, I have to go to the AH and give them my gold?
I am always broke because I HAVE to use the AH to upgrade my gear. which means I can't save my gold to upgrade my gems, or to but the high quality legendary items (that I will probably not find for another year or so).
10 of 13 pieces of gear on my DH was bought off the AH (only 10 because the rings and ammys are way too expensive for me) doesn't sound right for a game that YOU Bash said we could play and find our own gear without using the AH.
Sorry this Drop system is too messed up, the people who used exploits when the game came out got rich fast and got geared quick while the rest of us HAVE to buy gear off them making them richer and making us poorer?? That is a load of bull, but go ahead and keep benefiting the exploiters while the rest of us just quit all together. I am seriously thinking about just quitting this game until this is fixed.
BTW I am Paragon level 19, only found 2 legendary items this patch (both unusable by my class), no upgrades for myself and one rare that sold for 1.7 mil. Thats it. All that time and got nothing to show for it. Rewards =/ time spent.