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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:

Barbarian

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


Crusader

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.


Monk

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.)


Wizard

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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Blue on Systems, Soon, and (Not) Shaving

Posted 25 Aug 2011 by

The new D3 B.net forums are up and running (well, limping, as numerous players report they are still unable to log in) and naturally various Bliz CMs have been making replies in order to make the new place look functional. You can’t find them as easily as you’re used to, since our Blues.IncGamers.com forum spider isn’t pulling from the new D3 forums yet (it will be functional in the very immediate future), but thankfully RisingRed cut through the chit-chat and bug reports and made a post in our Diablo 3 community forum to point out the two semi-game-related tidbits from Bliz CMs today.

DigitalForce asked:

With DiabloWikibeta (hopefully approaching), have all game systems been revealed or will more be revealed before/at beta launch?
Bashiok: I think we’re all set. Just working toward beta and then release of the game.

Prior to Gamescom we knew we still had “systems” to be revealed pre-beta, and the main expectation was for some sort of DiabloWikiend game feature. We got it with the info about DiabloWikiInferno… and that’s it. Alas, if you were hoping for something more to be in the game and not yet revealed, such as say, guild support, it looks like you’ll be waiting and hoping for the first expansion.

Elsewhere, another CM handled a question about official info reveals, such as class skills.

Really looking forward to seeing the classes listed on the new game guide, hopefully complete with all their skills even knowing they’re subject to change. Is that something which is on the horizon for us soon or will it not be present until during/after the beta?

Or are the classes and their skills too much in flux for this to even be feasible?
Kaivax: It’s not a matter of DiabloWikiflux, it’s just a matter of time and resources. I’d like to now post the very first soon on these new forums:

Soon.

Glad to know it’s not my fault, then.


Finally, the first post on the D3 official blog concerns… facial hair. An excerpt:

With no release date for the game yet announced, the challenge of developing the ultimate Diableard will push you into limits unknown, but we’re hoping you’ll summon the courage to join the Diablo III developers on their quest.

To participate, simply send your Diableard photos to diableards@blizzard.com. We’ll be collecting the most impressive images of your beards and beard-like constructs to show off on the official Diablo III website as the release of the game approaches.

DiabloWiki@Diablo claims that DiabloWikiBashiok is already taking part.

In response to the Diableard contest, can we modify it to the Diablstache? In commemoration of Bashiok’s mighty visage, ofc. #diablo –NocturneGS
Bashiok is also now growing a beard in honor of the challenge. Its patchiness is only matched by its slow rate of growth. –Diablo

And here I thought we’d have to wait until after D3 was released to stop caring about personal grooming.


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