02/07/2013 09:40 AM
Posted by tbagala
You do realize, you CAN actually farm your own gear without using the AH. In fact, if you don't use the AH, your farming will be MUCH more rewarding (no "fixing of drops" is needed), you will find upgrades constantly, see very real progression, and you can finish inferno entirely with self-found and crafted gear.
BUT, the moment you touch the AH, you WILL be affected by the economy, whether you care about it or not. The economy is not just for flippers and RMAH tycoons. It directly affects the value of your farming.
Wrong. It has already been stated by a CM that the items on the AH affect how the items dropped will roll on a global scale. Whether you use the AH or not is irrelevant. This said, was to prevent the 'economy' from flooding the market with thousands of godly pieces of gear at once. So even if you never touch the AH, ever, the global player base, and current item listings on the AH, will still dictate the quality of items rolled when dropped.
Nope, you're wrong I'm afraid. That is the biggest load of crap ever, an unfortunately popular misinterpretation of a CM's post which, despite being cleared up later by the CM, the rumor is still spread like germs around here. Wash your hands, bro!
Items on the AH do NOT affect the current drop rate AT ALL. The original intention to have a low drop rate back in pre-1.05 was low, because they didn't want the AH to be trashed. But later, they relented under all the QQ here and massively increased the drop rate anyway, sacrificing the softcore economy to make the game easy enough to play without AH.
If you don't believe me, try farming inferno hardcore. You won't get any higher drop rate, despite the fact that the hardcore auction house hardly has any legendary items in it at all. So clearly the AH does NOT affect drop rate, or else it would be absolutely raining legendaries in comparison to softcore.
But no, the drop rate is the same regardless of the contents of the AH. The big difference is, legendary items are WORTH a lot more in hardcore, due to the economy being in a healthy state, making farming a whole lot more rewarding in hardcore than softcore.