In honor of the Seattle Seahawks’ bizarre decision to not win the SuperBowl, I created a thread in which we could share our similarly foolish last minute poor choices in the realm of Diablo 3. This is a bit like our Diablo 3 Darwin Awards thread, though that one’s just about dumb deaths. Defeat from the Jaws of Victory is more like an error that wasn’t necessarily crippling or fatal, but was really dumb and preventable in retrospect.

    The most obvious way to do this in D2 was to misclick when assigning skill or stat points, so that you were then forced to FOREVER stare at that wasted point with no way to respec or change it. (Respecs were ultimately added to D2 years after release.) That sort of DftJoV isn’t possible in D3, thanks to forever repecable paragon points and skills, but other sorts of mistakes can be made.

    Not an ideal decision....

    Not an ideal decision…

    You see one of mine to the right, in the form of a Blackthorne’s Amulet. I found that early in Season One, just after DiabloWikiLegendary Gems were added to the game, and was delighted since I hadn’t found any amulets yet with three good affixes giving me a fourth to turn into a socket. So when I found that BK amulet with big rolls to crit chance, crit damage, and dexterity, I was stoked.

    The problem was I’d found that amulet in a multiplayer game, and between Rifts I hurried to the Mystic, wanting to roll the socket and get back into the action. Somehow, in my haste, I selected the wrong stat to enchant, and didn’t even notice it until after I rolled the socket and ran to the jewelry to unsocket my current amulet and stick the LGem into the new one. And at that point I was like… Um… where’s the dexterity?

    It wasn’t the end of the world since it wasn’t a perfect amulet (DiabloWikielemental damage is much better than DiabloWikimainstat), and I wouldn’t be using it today even if I’d rolled it correctly… but it was still pretty annoying at the time, and even now I keep the amulet lurking amidst the spare jewelry in my stash, as a reminder of how bad things can happen. (And I sometimes use it on a follower if I don’t have one of the “can not die” legendaries for them yet.)

    Any of you guys have similar mishaps to share? You can post them in comments here, or in the forum thread OP. And click through for some more, brief, Superbowl notes.

    I fired up my mostly-inactive blog to write about the ridiculous ending and the game on the whole, but here’s the short version. A play call so obviously, recklessly wrong, both at the time and in retrospect, will merit weeks or months of debate… though not by me since I don’t care about football that much.

    The explanation seems to be multi-fold — like everyone else, Seattle expected Belicheck to call time out after Lynch ran to the 1, so after Seattle scored on the next run there would still be 50 seconds or so for Brady to attempt a drive for a tying field goal. Something that Seattle has repeatedly proven vulnerable to. When Belicheck didn’t call time out — either because he was broken and shellshocked by another imminent SuperBowl loss thanks to an impossible reception by a crappy wide receiver, or because he’s a supergenius who knew Seattle would shoot off their own foot if given less time to deliberate — Seattle was surprised that the clock kept running, didn’t substitute personnel, and when New England did, putting in their “heavy” package to stop a short run, Seattle thought they had an advantage with three wide receivers in single coverage. And since it was only second down, they thought they could try a pass almost as a freebie, and if it didn’t work they’d bring in the beef and go with one (or two, if necessary) Beast Mode runs for the win. That the pass might be picked off obviously never entered their calculations, and why they called the pass they did, a dangerous throw over the middle to their four best receiver, instead of doing a corner out (like they scored with just before halftime) or rolling Wilson out (like they did on the two point conversion against GB last game) will forever remain a mystery.

    I’m something of a Seattle fan courtesy of residing for the past few years in the Pacific Northwest, and while I’d imagine grief and heartbreak is what most Seahawks fans are feeling, I’m still just amazed. The best analogy I can come up with is this:

    You’re on a great date with a new guy/girl. Things are really moving along, you two are clicking, you head back their place, sip some wine, make out for a while, it’s going awesome, and as you’re heading to the bedroom, the ceiling explodes and a UFO beams your date up, then vanishes into the sky. You’d stand there, blinking in the plaster dust, staring up at the stars through the hole in the ceiling, so amazed and shocked at *how* it happened that it might take you a while to realize that you weren’t going to get laid.

    That said, how about them Diablo 3: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory stories?

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