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How Diablo 3 Auction House Botters Got Rich

news-d3ah-botters-richFascinating and very long article by a self-confessed Diablo 3 Auction House botter, talking about how he made over 100k Euros in a year, entirely through buying low and selling high on the AH and RMAH. The article is huge and goes into great detail about everything, including the scripts he used, the multiple machines he had running, and how easy it was to avoid Blizzard’s very lacking anti-botting measures.

The botter’s first attempts were by using a very simple script to scan Auction House listings, one item at a time, and automatically buy ones with stats that exceeded his set parameters, and with a price below his maximum value. This required him to know which items were powerful, what the best stats on them were, how much they’d sell for on the RMAH, etc. It took a lot of work and daily updates to the search scripts, but with millions of players using the AH, many of them without a clue about the actual value of their items, it was shooting fish in a barrel.

I remember in these months I used to search a lot for rare rings or rare amulets. What still comes to my mind is a criteria searching for rare amulets with more than 7 critical hit chance and more than 50 critical hit damage and buying any that cost below 1 or 2 million gold. I sold amulets with these criteria on the RMAH (Real Money Auction House), for tens and sometimes even 100+ euros. Stuff like 7+ crit chance, 50+ crit damage and a high main stat like strength or intelligence + vitality was considered pretty good back then. Trifectas ( crit chance + crit damage + increased attack speed) was even more rare and expensive.

Another popular thing I remember botting the old fashioned way was Chantodo’s force wizard sources. These were great because almost no one seemed to know that the property “Arcane power on critical hit” was actually rare and very valuable. So you could just adjust your bot to search for chantodo’s force sources with arcane power on crit and above a specific damage, choose the minimum price under which the bot would buy any item it found, and you were good to go.

That was the very earliest version of the system, which was active in late 2012. The technology was quickly improved and with better coding his bot became able to search many types of items at once, all with different selected stats and minimum values in them, with different pricing criteria, and he figured ways to keep it refreshing constantly, so it would scan literally every single gold item sale that appeared within seconds of it going on the market.

On January 1st I started selling those sweet sweet presents. And the results were staggering. The money started flowing in immediately. Before, I was searching for 1 variation of 1 single item, for example any Mempo of Twilight with Critical Hit Chance, below the price of 1 million gold. Now, I could search for 100 different variations of Mempo of Twilight, plus hundreds of variations of all other worthwhile items. In the first days though, I only had one bot account, which I was using to bot some legendary items in the “armor” category. Even with this small sample of all possible items though, it was soon obvious to me that I had to buy a very powerful PC which could run more than 1 diablo window, and would also search the Auction House which much higher FPS (Frames per second).

He also made a fortune buying items that people mislisted in gold instead of RMT. That seems impossible, but the article has literally dozens of screenshots of spectacular items listed at 150 or 200 gold, when clearly the seller meant to list them at those prices… in EUROS! And no, the conversion rate of Diablo 3 gold to real money wasn’t exactly 1-to-1…

First I bought one more account and started using 2 accounts which were botting for legendary Armor. Why another one botting the same subset of items? Take another look at the screenshots above.

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Reaper of Souls Item Sets Illustrated

A fan assembled all six of the class-specific item sets in Reaper of Souls, took pics of them on each gender for each class, and provided views from all angles. It’s quite a useful presentation, and credit to Zeldrin for creating it.

I found it interesting since I’d never actually seen the full sets so clearly. Everyone’s got a few or all of the items from each set, but usually mixed with other gear, some transmogged or vanishing dyed, etc. So here they are, unadulterated and straight from the D3 artist’s tablets to your screen. All the sets (except for Firebird’s, which adds a source) consist of six items: helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, and boots, so visually they are pretty much apples to apples comparisons. So here are Reaper of Souls Item Sets Illustrated:


DiabloWikiLegacy Of Raekor (armory), Barbarian set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots.


DiabloWikiArmor Of Akkhan (armory), Crusader set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots.

Demon Hunter

DiabloWikiEmbodiment of the Marauder (armory), Demon Hunter set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots.


DiabloWikiRaiment of a Thousand Storms (armory), Monk set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots.

Witch Doctor

DiabloWikiHelltooth Harness (armory), Witch Doctor set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots. (This set apparently lacks the light weight and flexibility of the huge slabs of unrefined steel that the other classes have strapped to their bodies, as both of these weary medical professionals are bent double beneath the weight of their assorted shark teeth, baboon femurs, and coconut shells.)


DiabloWikiFirebird’s Finery (armory), Wizard set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, source, legs, boots. (Firebird’s has a seventh item, a Source, which is the only difference in the slots filled by these sets.)

Diablo 3 “Gear Sets”

This whole presentation reminds me of the hot (pre-game) topic of DiabloWikiGear Sets. We’ve got a big wiki article about them, and “Gear Sets” was a regular news category from 2010-2012, with 29 news items so categorized.

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Blizzcon 2010 Already Sold Out

Posted 1 Apr 2010 by

Update: This was our little April Fool’s joke, and the material covered in this post and the quotes cited in it were entirely invented. Blizzard had nothing to do with this joke or any input into it. Waiting on hold for 3 hours to get your WoW password reset will not earn you an advance BlizzCon 2010 ticket. (As far as we know.)

In surprising news, Blizzard has announced that all 25,000 tickets for this year’s BlizzCon, have already sold out.  This despite the fact that the event was only announced last week, and that no ticket sales date or prices had yet been revealed. Here’s the press release:

IRVINE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 1st, 2010—Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that its fifth BlizzCon? gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 2010, has completely sold out, less than a week after the convention was announced.  Despite the fact that tickets were not yet actually on sale, there was such a demand that the callers to Blizzard’s Tech Support Hotline were offered the opportunity to purchase advance tickets as a thank you for their patience with the 3-4 hour phone hold times.

?We didn’t intend to sell all of them already, but I guess the vast, password-losing World of Warcraft community spread the word, and one thing led to another,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, speaking from his new yacht. ?We?re looking forward to another great show, with some of our most passionate, patient, credit card-possessing fans. Plus it was really cool to beat last year’s fifteen second ticket sell out time. Word to the wise; Blizzcon 2011 is filling up fast.”

In addition to serving as a gathering place for Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will offer attendees a chance to enjoy:

  • Hands-on play time with upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games everyone in attendance has already pre-ordered.

  • Discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers and malfunctioning PowerPoint? animations.
  • Competitive and casual tournaments at which diminutive Koreans will demonstrate their point and click superiority.
  • Outrageously expensive inflatable plastic merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment?s game universes.
  • On-site alcohol sales, if you consider warm bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade? “alcohol.”
  • Booth babes in historically accurate mage and Night Elf costumes who you may not touch, breath on, or make eye contact with. And no, they really don’t.
  • Soullessly lit line simulators.
  • Ping pong tables off in some dark corner. Again.

The previous BlizzCon was held in Anaheim in August 2009. Tickets to the event sold out in minutes, a record that was easily beaten this year. Highlights included the announcement of World of Warcraft?: Cataclysm?, the unveiling of a new playable class in Diablo? III, the first public hands-on with the single-player campaign of StarCraft? II: Wings of Liberty?, and a closing concert featuring the partially-reanimated corpse of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne.

Further details about BlizzCon 2010, including why everyone but you got tickets, will be announced on the official BlizzCon website,, as the event draws closer.

BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment?s Warcraft?, StarCraft?, and Diablo? universes.

Update: DiabloWikiBashiok commented on this news in typically irreverent fashion.

Better luck next year, guys. If you liked it you should have rolled need on it. QQ

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