Blizz needs to stop Rust Storm. I've been thinking about the game mechanics of D2 and was thinking how you could possibly salvage this game from its current ditch due to all the dupes/hacks/etc. Hacks are harder to deal with, but dupes aren't to an extent. If you think about it, Blizz is actually helping to fund the dupers and item shops and making life harder for your average legit player. By making runes poof, the players that bought them will simply buy new ones to replace them. Thus putting more poofing runes on the market and more money into the duper's pockets. By having more poofing runes on the market, players cannot safely trade for high runes because they will most likely poof. If they stopped their supposed counter-measure, Rust Storm, then the realms would become saturated with dupes. However, the dupes would be just as good as legit items to your average player since they would be permanent. Eventually, this would bring their price down as supply goes up and demand goes down and then no one would buy gear anymore as you could trade for it in game without too much hassle. I'm sure there would be an initial surge in the sale of duped gear, but that would subside and I think we'd be better off. Actually, one other idea that mcm suggested was to make high runes available at vendors for gold. Alot though, like a full inventory of a level 90+ char worth of gold. I think legit players would rejoice at the ability to get legit runes with a little bit of work. I'm sure there are a ton of flaws in both of those ideas, but I can't come up with one right now so I present them to the forum to be ripped apart and critiqued. I know Blizz doesn't care about D2 anymore so neither will happen, but just dream with me here.