Quality? I'd laugh if the CM really said that. Now you're just making stuff up. Regardless of your conspiracy theories, the current AH does NOT affect your drops IN ANY WAY. Quality, quantity, whatever.
Let me rephrase:
Items on the AH do NOT affect the current drops AT ALL.
If you don't believe me, try farming inferno hardcore. You won't get any better DROPS, despite the fact that the hardcore auction house hardly has any legendary items in it at all. So clearly the AH does NOT affect drops, or else it would be absolutely raining Godly legendaries in comparison to softcore.
But no, the drops are the same regardless of the contents of the AH. The big difference is, SAME QUALITY 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.
sigh... this was posted AFTER he slipped up and admitted they throttle drops according to what is on the AH, as well as deleted his original post stating that.
Then comes back with this nonsense to sugar coat the mistake...
Quoted from Bashiok:
"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."
I do believe his original statement was, Of course we factor drops according to whats available on the AH, otherwise the economy would tank in a matter of weeks.
I'm sure the devs caught wind of that and didn't much like it, which is why you can no longer find the post on these forums.
02/08/2013 10:01 AMPosted by whoopadeedooThe question can be rephrased: "How important is TRADING IN D3 to you?" If you don't like trading in a Diablo game, you really picked the wrong game. But then again, Blizz is trying to make D3 like WoW.
02/06/2013 07:28 PMPosted by HoosierDaddy
Were all of those legendaries you have equipped bought on the AH?
Um yes! There is not 1 item on me that didnt come from the GAH! This is just bad for the long run of this game! If players can spend 500+ hours and not have a single self found upgrade then the item game is effectively nill!
Blizzard knows about the items being crap in this game yet not a single blue post that they intend to do something about the horrid rng system they have in place!
D2 had an economy. It's just trade was painful, tedious, and risky. You spammed chat and d2jsp for days on end hoping the right barter partner was onilne, then you deal with the headache of settling on a fair barter, then you hope you don't get scammed.
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