Now, brace yourself, as I'm sure this is going to be a huge wall. So. I played the **** out of D3. I logged some 600 hours or so gettin' everyone to 60, etc. Spent a lot of time on the auctionhouse, some flipping, lots of upgrades, and so on. I do, of course, recognize that the actionhouse allowed me rapid upgrading at a low price, but the cost of that was the loot in farming seemed like trash. all the time. This was disheartening. Constantly. But.... the AH, was at least helpful to get to end game.... there just wasn't anything to DO when I got there. Paragon is a joke, seriously a joke. Grinding is not fun, it's grinding. if it was fun, we would call it fun, and not grinding. You might grind a blade before you use it, but here, we have nothing to use the blade on, we get the best we can, and grind it to a husk. Too much metaphor. I stopped enjoying it as it felt pointless. Eventually, I found path of exile; an amazing game emulating the nostalgic fun I had in D2, but with a massive skill set that was quite simply insane. Just off the wall insane. You adjust, but it's still a beautiful thing to behold, to this day... However.... Gear upgrades are a nightmare. These are the tools we use to scour the forums for upgrades: http://poe.xyz.is/ Take a ****ing look at that. it's sort of like the autionhouse in D3. Except you have no idea if the item is sold or available, or if the guy is offline and will be for weeks, or if he wants 800% of what you currently have in currency. It's virtually impossible to find upgrades reasonably in PoE. The trade economy being what it is, value is generally extremely flexible, but very, very high cost regardless. There is also a trade chat channel. Where people link items. Repeatedly. I don't need to get that deep into it; it's completely and arbitrarily obnoxious, and creates artificial trade barriers that are simply infuriating for reaching end game in a game that has some semblance of one. Diablo 3's itemization might change in a big way, but at some point, there will be a wall. This wall would normally be meted out by the auctionhouse, so you know what you need, how much, etc. Now, that wall will be not only not knowing what you need, but not knowing who to buy it from, or how to get in touch with them, etc. No matter what is implemented in it's place, it will be much, much more difficult to use. Arbitrarily. I feel like the AH whiners were the vocal minority and this is a PR stunt to save face, because honestly people were and totally must still be using the AH to progress, and I don't see that as problematic, at it's core; while account bound gear is annoying it provided a step out, but loot 2.0 is ideally the right step, gear that matters dropping. but no matter how it's handled, it won't change the fact that we now suddenly have a new arbitrary difficulty implemented in finding what we want. And that is ****ing infuriating. If I didn't like the AH, I wouldn't use it. I don't understand why they wouldn't implement a non-AH league or playstyle. Because seriously, why are we taking it from everyone? Does everyone REALLY want the auctionhouse gone? I know I don't, and I'm sure I'm not alone.