I'm another monk who has played self found since the game came out. I also beat Inferno the week before 1.05 hit (Vrkhyz both inspired and encouraged me to finish up when I stalled for a bit after the hell rifts).
Well, that's why I'm here.
Did anyone beat Inferno without the Auction House before 1.0.3 went live? If so, I've never heard of it. Jump in!
Hmm, the thing is 'beat inferno'?
It's one thing getting ported to each boss in a co-op.
It's one thing going linear solo and cheesing/skipping to each boss.
It's one thing going linear and leaving not one living beast, undead or demon behind you.
The bosses never have been able to hold a candle to many affix combo champ/rare packs.
I got as far as the crater in 1.0.2 but I knew that I was out of my depth as far as my play-style, that being the 3rd example. I'd already funneled a couple of champ packs to corners and died inside the crater, in order to skip them and I realized I needed more farming.
The only boss that would have been an issue for me would have been Izual in his original OP form, so I wouldn't like to call whether I could have beaten him or not.
Back then I was a tank barb with around 6.5k dps, I went back to farming early Act 3 and Act 2, being used to farming early Act 1 to progress past Wortham, then more to progress past the Butcher, then more to survive flies in Act 2, then farming Act 2 to progress....and so on; it was the type of gaming I liked.
1.0.3 hit while I was almost ready to push through Act 3 and do it properly, and hell did it hit, I went straight through linear to Diablo and killed him in one sitting and I felt a bit robbed to be honest.