While I see the change as mostly harmless, with some good and bad sides, I fear the effect will be negative on the community. Blizzard is obviously throwing a bone to loud minority of anit AH people here. When those people see that the BoA is not effecting the AH they will cry as loud as ever.
I would hardly call this a loud minority.
Many of the people I personally knew quit this game BECAUSE of the Auction House feeling like a mandate.
There was no point to farming anything, because the whole game was about gold to them.
I doubt they'll come back to D3 with this patch, but I would hope that less players would leave for this reason.
Trust me, it is NOT a minority.
BoA gear was needed since Day 1 IMHO.
That's just silly imho.
They're approaching it the right way at least.
It feels like they're testing the water with 1.07 in general.
Why is it silly?
If the best gear was found by completing more challenging content, maybe less people would have felt the need to bot in the first place and wouldn't have flooded the economy like it is now.
I think if there was BoA gear from day 1, we wouldn't have as many economy related issues like we have now.
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