The new BoA items are... new. They are additions to the game. They are not replacing any existing item nor recipe. They are also hardly
going to be mandatory. Upgrading through the AH will most likely remain much easier than gearing up with them. You will still be able to trade with picked up rares, legendaries, stuff you flip from AH, commodities, etc.
Most people will give up with the new crafted items once they figure that it is much easier to buy from AH. But the feature was *not* added for them.
No one is going to lose any "multiplayer experience". Just like the hell fire ring being BoA didn't kill the AH ring market at all.
The feature is intended from people that do not want to use the AH. In that case, the "account bound" tag is going to be a lil' badge of honor. Because the only way to get those items is through actual game play. If they weren't BoA, then all that hard work would be irrelevant, because anyone with 10k would be able to get better items from the AH than them, and there would be no way to differentiate between the AH warriors and the guys who crafted their own items.
Here, binding is preventing them from using that gold to buy a nicely crafted amulet.
That's the whole point.
If he wants to buy something, he can easily find great amulets in the AH. There are tons of them at ridiculously low costs already.
If there is anything that AH warriors do not
need is more options to purchase things. The AH is saturated as is.
Instead, they either gamble it all away in hopes of getting something good, or don't bother crafting at all, if the materials are too much.
If they just want a good amulet fast, then they should use the AH. This is always going to be true. Making the new recipes not BoA wouldn't change that either.
The new Crafted Items may well possibly roll to be BiS in some cases, albeit rare instances, but allowing them on the AH would also have the effect of leveling off pricing on the current BiS items as well, which is not much of a step down, for one.
The issue with the AH is that the prices are too low and it is way too easy to upgrade through it . So easy that AH users end up in a state in which only BiS are upgrades.
A change that helps makes BiS even cheaper would be simply terrible.
Now, IF I need one, wanted one, had to have one, I can hop on chat, offer up 5 million or so for an MP10 Uber run, and go get the mats for one any time, any day of the week.
HOW is that ANY different than shopping or trading for one?
That you would be subject to RNG comes to mind.