What I miss most from D2 was the amount of items that were useful. I am not sure if that will be part of "loot 2.0" or stuff added in the expansion. From what I gather and speculate about loot 2.0 is legendary improvements and maybe revisiting the core stats (strength, int., etc.) and the CC, CD, IAS type stuff. So I am not sure loot 2.0 will necessarily scratch my itch, but I am definitely curious to see what they have in mind.
But what really drove me in D2 was when all the loot was falling I felt like I had plenty to sift through that could aid me in some way. Looking for white quality weapons, or various armors for that matter, with certain amount of sockets for runewords. Runes themselves! Gems, jewels and charms – oh my! I feel in D3 it’s the lack of all these things to collect that make the game feel hit and miss. So much of the loot is either home-run or strikeout (and I have a low batting average!) Even with crafting in D3, you can gather mats for pretty much a reenactment of the loot drop – a chance at something great, or the “whiff.”
In D2 I felt that I could still hit a home-run with a nice loot drop, but along the way gather items over time and gradually get better gear (singles, playing small ball to go back to my baseball analogy). I was a noob who picked up every single lousy rune and popped them into the cube to crunch them into the next tier higher. Never had an Enigma, but I at least made progress towards one. I don’t feel I am making progress towards certain gear in D3. Yes, I collect gold which I can take to my local AH and get some lewts, but collecting gold doesn’t have the same fun value to me as sifting through the loot on the ground. The current gem system in D3 is the only thing comparable to the long term upgrading that D2 provided. And that is lacking at the moment imo.
TLDR – I miss long-term gear progression that could be picked away at each time I play, that did not still have the randomness that our current crafting system has. Runes, runewords, gems, charms, finding multiple socketed items etc. Thoughts?