03/28/2013 04:13 AMYou're twisting OP's words or taking them out of context. Your question has been answered with the following mini wall of text not so much in the sense that Blizz auto assigns your active skill runes and passive skills. Bolded to make it obvious.
Posted by KradisZ
I have no doubt that the majority of players could easily figure out a good build for any class that they want to play in D2. All it takes is no more than 2 hours tops and you would not only have your build planned out. But you would also have your gear figured out.
So to be honest when running with a plan as most players would do in that game like this one. Then tell me how much brainpower it takes to pump skill points into your spammable skills and their synergies. How much brainpower does it take to pump vitality by 5 points per level after you have all of your other attributes already at the level you want them. Not much brainpower if you ask me. So according to you the trek from 1-99 was a mindless trek. Worse if someone copies and paste the results.
As you adjust further and further, your choices are blatantly obvious as the some skills are completely useless vs. others and are nobrainers, so you end up with just a few set of skills that everyone ends up using.
What consequence is there if you can fix it at any given moment? Oh I died once pfft big whoop 0 penalty, time to switch builds that one sucked and will never be used again. Try again, repeat, oh nothing works? It's your gear then. Nevermind the skills.
If you didn't even have full free respec I guarantee Diablo 3's lifespan would've been MUCH longer for a player staying as opposed to how fast players play it and leave it WITH the assumption of no brickwalling gear check. Quick in Quick out vs. Long in and frustrated out.
One thing you do not know about me I love playing for fun builds. Ones that are not the top of the line cookie cutter farming builds. Simply because I have fun destroying mobs in a game like this one.
I have played the following barb builds and they are loads of fun.
Indiana Jones build
Flaming Magma build
last but not least The Ancient Crawler build.
I know that many other builds exist that would be fun to play not only for the barbarian but also all other classes.
What I am trying to say that is quite simple. Just because you are not stuck with a build. Were a deletion key and maybe up to 100 hours that were wasted just to find out that build x does not work at all. Players look at wasting time is wasting money. An old phrase for many is "Time is money". So our time is precious to us.
But still the consequences of trying to use a build that should really be glaringly obvious that it will not work. Even though you are not stuck with it, you are not forced to reroll in order to fix it.
But still the fact that respecs do not automatically make every possible combination under the sun for all classes viable in inferno. Respecs will not do that. All they do is take out the time wasted finding out build x does not work. You are not penalize heavily because you wanted to try out the build. That is how a game should function.
Because without respecs then a lot of players will just give up and go to a website and copy and paste the best builds and gear setups so they do not have to waste another moment of their time to find a good build.
The majority of players will not be experts at theorycrafting and can breakout an excel spreadsheet and do the math to perfectly math out a build. They will just be copy and paste monkeys. So then tell me how much thought does it take to follow a plan someone else posted. Just about as mindless as you say this game is.
Are you still left clicking and pressing 123456? If your answer is yes, then no each build is not making you play differently because that is the gist of an ARPG with an isometric camera where you kill mobs repeatedly just liek D2, PoE, TL2.
Theres almost only 2 different playstyles, facetank and crazy lifeleech with ultra high DPS, or glass cannon kiting in D3. Not so much anything like CC and wear your enemy down, oh wait CM build! Hit frozen statues... jee... doesn't sound very dynamic at all when your enemy is stunned 100% of the time.
Oh I guess then in D2 you did not have any left mouse clicking at. You even use letters and punctuation keys to fire off skills. I guess you could even punch the computer screen and get the skill to fire, right. You either quicly scrolled through the skills using the wheel, inefficient approach. Or you used the function keys. Hey that is a lot like using 1,2,3,4,5,6. So then all builds in D2 according to your point above played the same.
If you look at the top players on diabloprogress.com. Some of the top ten players do not have any life steal at all. Not even any skill that is a life steal. Go ahead and check it out and prove to me where I am wrong.