02/05/2013 11:33 PMFor those of you who enjoy or prefer growing your characters without the assistance of the Auction House, how do you feel about crafted items? In your opinion, does crafting with your own materials count as a "self-found item," or do you think that's something that really only applies to item drops?
Posted by Grimiku
Yes it does, counts as self-found item.
The reason I'm not using the AH is that it seems to me that there would be absolutely zero challenge if I used it.
I mean, I can farm for 2 hours and buy a huge upgrade to any of my gear...
Insanely good gear is so cheap it's ridiculous.
There's a reason why these '3 million budget wizard build, 1 million budget barb build' videos keep popping. There's so many gear available in the AH that the low/mid gear is ridiculously cheap.
So, even a complete 'noob' can just play the game ( at 60 ) for like 20 hours, and get enough gold to buy the gear needed to steamroll inferno without any challenge whatsoever.
My decision not to buy any gear in the AH came from this.
And crafting isn't like this at all.
Crafting is just like 'buying more drops' imho. Very expensive drops.
As I said, for like 500k gold you can buy a huge upgrade... Or craft like 5 items.
3 if you have to buy the essences.
Odds are, not only you won't find an upgrade in these 3/5 items, they'll probably all be terrible.
Sometime you get a gem tho. But it's rare. Just like drops.
Long story short : Gearing myself through self-found drops and crafting is a challenge, and it's fun.
Buying in the AH would not be any fun to me. That's where I draw the line.
I'd be curious to hear the reasonning of self-found players who also never craft, but to me, that's acceptable.