I won't say I'm on the pro or con side of the decision to shut down AHs permanently after the coming March; however, I have a bit words for everyone involved in this.
To the developers, the thing I want to say is, if you have an unhealthy son, would you find a way to heal him or abandon him because of the pressure from outside?
I was a s/w developer too when I was in school, I certainly know how every single line of codes takes a developer’s effort. For whoever decided to shut down AHs, did you care about how the ones developed them felt like? If you are the same group of people, let’s come back to the question stated above. You decided to abandon your sick son? How silly it is?
For the players, I mean players instead of haters in this game, who didn't enjoy the convenience to get the items you need to go through the “bottle necks”, especially during the “super-unlucky” days? For now, the difficulty of multi-players’ game is increased and meeting skilled veterans will be definitely harder when the expansion comes out. Given the AHs will be gone by then, I start stocking some level 40~60 str items with the stats I expect to be useful for my crusader. For those who also played this game since day one, you know what it takes to level up a new character without AHs or any prepared items.
For the haters, mainly for the ones who played this game and decided to hate it because of AHs, the thing I would say is that people generally become more irrational when they come online since they feel like no one here knows who they are in real life. Therefore, they tend to say whatever they want. It will be fine if the decision makers know how to filter the voice they get; however, the news about shutting down AHs completely makes me think the D3 developers aren’t able to do so/cannot perform in the way they outta to given all the pressures they have.
Let me use a metaphor to express myself more clearly. Is there any protest done by people to shut down all the manufacturers of nice race cars just because they think these cars/drivers destroyed their driving experience? Let’s say there is one protest like this, any one seriously thinks it’s right for the government to shut down all the factories that produces these cars/the organized markets to trade these cars? Being not able to accept that others may afford better things than you do, turn around giving pressures and finally making the system hurt everybody including you, if this is not envy/emotional communism, what else is?
Let’s get down to some real talk. If you cannot afford what others can, please stay cool and enjoy the life you have at the very moment. If you have enough effort, try to make your own life better. If you don’t, then try to keep what you already have in your hand and don’t loss them.
I’m not saying the AHs we have at the very moment is prefect and nothing can be done to make it better. As I said, if I coded the AHs, I would think he is my sick son due to his unsatisfied performance.
If you can still stay with me until this lane, here comes to thesis of this letter: if all of us believe that AHs are just “too convenient to keep the enjoyable gaming experience of killing fearsome monsters and finally getting the loots you want”, please keep it in an adjusted way so that we cannot use the AHs for items solutions just like we use google when we face a hard problem in school. Make the bids blind and no buyout option, increase the duration from 1d12h to like 5d, so on and so forth. We have so many ways to heal this poor kid and we decide to abandon him just because of the pressure from outside (plus that they are most likely irrational).
Come on, Blizzard.