I understand the concept behind BoA- Blizzard wants us to find the best stuff.
What I don't understand is why making BoA a thing is necessary.
With the removal of the auction house, drop rates are going to increase, and smart drops are going to increase the quality of these items. This is great news, and I like the idea of allowing players to find their own gear.
However, I fail to see the need to make some of the best items BoA, The argument that BoA is so people can find items themselves seems fundamentally flawed, as an increase in drop rates and the addition of smart drops is already enough to promote finding gear for yourself, which is ENTIRELY independent of an item being BoA.
BoA doesn't seem to do anything other than remove the ability to attain the best items via trades, which doesn't quite make sense, because a lack of BoA doesn't prevent people from choosing not to trade and finding items themselves. In reality, BoA just makes it a huge grind to play certain playstyles which may require specific items that one may never find, which makes it somewhat discouraging to play.
I would really like someone to explain to me why BoA is MANDATORY for the game without some generic "trade is for children who want everything now" arguments.