Wow...dumb poster is dumb?
This would have been GREAT in the early days to make it easier to jump into Inferno (since everyone could do act 1 for materials unless you're terrible).
This is the only SMART part of this post, as you're right! It's great for people to use when they're just getting to Inferno and looking for a handful of gear upgrades to potentially allow them the chance to get to a higher MP or two. It's NOT meant to be endgame level gear crafting.
Do I hope more endgame level crafting is implemented? YOU BET! But this isn't it. If anything, this crafting is meant to allow people more options OUTSIDE the AH. Think about it...if you want to BUY gear for your character, the AH is already packed full of stuff that you can upgrade with.
If a player wants slightly lower quality upgrades that don't involve the AH, via crafting and loot...this is an option for them.
Let's do some fun math. In order for an amulet (for example) to be worth 20+ million on the AH,
Gonna stop this quote right here. Again, if all you're concerned about is making gold on the AH? There are way better options than crafting to get this done. People can already farm and get some stuff to sell for a few mil here, a few mil there. Maybe 150mil+ items are rare, they damn well should be if they're that valuable. But this kind of crafting isn't for making money!
01/17/2013 10:07 AMsince these things will cost roughly 150k in materials,
Posted by Zoid
Gonna stop this quote again, because this is likely the most ignorant part...
Um, why are people buying crafting materials, when farming can get them for you for free? I have never bought a single crafting material. All the materials I have in my stash, I've farmed. I have stacks of 500 Normal and Nightmare blue, maybe 200-300 Hell blue (but I can easily farm the rest with my Barb, WD and DH), 500 Inferno blue, 400+ Inferno yellow, and hovering around the 200 and 300s of the other difficulty yellows. Didn't pay a single gold piece for any of that, so you can chop that 150k right off my charge for crafting any of this new stuff, if I decide to do it.
Not to mention...Demonic Essences, needed to make some of the new armors and the amulet, are also account bound...
A new crafting reagent, Demonic Essence, has been added to the game
This reagent is account-bound and can be acquired from Elite monsters in Inferno difficulty
Meaning, people can't buy that. They need to earn it.TLDR: The new crafting options in the patch are NOT meant as endgame level gear upgrades. They're meant as an additional option for people to use if they choose to go without the AH. Combine that with the increased XP rewards for higher MPs in Inferno, you have people CRAFTING and LOOTING better items ON THEIR OWN than before the patch. The AH may not be going away, but people may start realizing their folly of relying on it since launch. I mean, if you think these options aren't going to seriously mess with prices and the ability to sell on the AH, you're dreaming. This is just one of many steps Blizzard is taking to make the AH less appealing for new players.