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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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Diablo 3 Expansion “Leaked” Feature List

Posted 7 Feb 2013 by

A fan took the time to type out a huge wishlist of features for the Diablo 3 expansion, and has been posting it in forums here and there. What makes it somewhat controversial, beyond its arguably TLDR nature, is the fact that it’s being portrayed as a “leaked” internal document, tipping Blizzard’s hand on upcoming game changes.

The thread went up on Battle.net yesterday and garnered ten pages of (mostly useless) replies before it was deleted. (The Google cache provides an archived peek.) You can view the deletion in two ways; proof that it was in fact an internal leaked document, or proof that Blizzard is fine with fans talking about expansion wish lists on B.net, so long as we don’t pretend that they’re leaked official info.

The post makes for an interesting read, and you can read it in our Diablo 3 community forum, or by clicking through on this post. I think a lot of the ideas are good ones; certainly all the enhanced social features, game hubs, more players chatting face to face, etc. I doubt we’ll see any of that since its launch with Starcraft 2, B.net 2.0 has consistently shown Blizzard’s (inexplicable?) commitment to matchmaking and impersonal non-communication via their gaming service.

The thing this fan-list most lacks, and what makes it pretty obviously not a legit leak, is anything new. Fans tend to create wishlists that improve existing features and nibble around new ideas, and this one is full of better social things, higher Paragon level rewards, improvements to existing items, etc. But there’s nothing in it with actual new features, nothing about expansion classes, new acts, new plot, new item types, or any of the other big changes that an expansion will surely bring.

Remember, if you will, the D3Here episodes, in which some anonymous dude claimed to be a Blizzard QA tester leaking official info. There was much debate if he was legit, and he made some interesting claims about (imagied) game content, but everything he said was obviously false the minute we got actual new game info, and in retrospect all of his predictions were much too cautious since the actual game had far more major changes than any of us would have guessed.

I’m certain any and all pre-D3X “leaked” feature lists will meet the same fate once actual D3X info premieres. Click through to read this recent D3 expansion wishlist, if you’re curious.

Leaked Expansion Key Changes

These are the keynotes of Diablo 3’s future Expansion, and will contain:
Ø Battle.Net
Ø Items
Ø World
Ø Crafting
Ø Paragon
Ø PvP
* Keep in mind that the game changes are made keeping 1.0.7 in mind.

Battle.net 2.0+
Ø Game Menu changes to City Hub
Upon logging in and choosing a character, the player will now be placed into a yet to be named Major City Hub. The City Hub is real-time place where players can meet each other. The City Hub will be introduced with Act VI and has a player cap of 100, after reaching 100 players; a new instance of the City Hub is made to ensure a playable environment.

The Medieval City Hub:

Ø Blacksmiths Guild Street
o Your Backsmith and 3 Highest Experience Blacksmiths of players.

Ø Jewelers Guild Street
o Your Blacksmith and 3 Highest Experience Blacksmiths of players.

Ø Mystics Guild Street
o Your Blacksmith and 3 Highest Experience Blacksmiths of players.

Ø Auctioneers Area
o Different Auctioneers for Gems, Crafting, Armor and Weapons.

Ø PvP Queue Area
o Defense of the City
o Endless Rush
o Gladiator

Ø Waypoints
o The City Hub Waypoints are connected to all acts.
o Upon entering a different act; no quests will be present. However, all bosses will be spawned.
o Selecting quests is available through the Gate System.

Ø Gates (Game Selection Area)
o Gate to quest area in ACT VI
o Gate to open game system
o Gate to quest selection

Ø Random Objectives at Random Times.
o Random Objectives, from defending Tristram from waves of random monsters to defeating a set amount of monsters/ elites/ goblins to completing randomly generated events throughout the game. Completing the objective is rewarded with a treasure chest. Higher monster power increases the quality of the treasure.

Ø Guilds
o Guild support has been added

Ø Half of Fame (Ladder)

Items
Ø Item stats are now allocated into 3 main categories and 1 bonus category.
Ø Rare Armor items dropped from monsters now roll 4 to 6 affixes and have a small chance to roll 1-2 sub-affixes.
Ø Legendary Armor items have had their sub-affixes removed, and now have an average chance to roll an extra 1-3 sub-affix. Legendary items also have small chance to roll legendary-specific sub-affixes that are not listed below.
Ø Items now roll at least one primary class attribute

Ø Primary (Affix)
o Strength (Class)
o Dexterity (Class)
o Intelligence (Class)
o Vitality

Ø Offensive (Affix)
o Critical Hit Chance
o Critical Hit Damage
o Attack Speed
o Defense Piercing % (New)
o Bonus Damage
o Bonus Elemental Damage
o Increases damage against Elites
o Mixed Stat, two of: (Crit / Crit Damage/ Increased Attack Speed/ Defense Piercing%), each 45% of max base value.
o Skill Bonus (New) (Specific skill bonus, all skills are available)
o Standard Socket (New).
o Specialized Socket (New). Increased effect if socket and gem match color.

Ø Defensive (Affix)
o Reduce Damage from Elites
o Reduce Control Impairing effects
o Reduce Slow effects (New)
o Health Regeneration
o Increased Healing by % (New)
o Increased Block
o Movement Speed
o All Resistance
o Elemental Resistance (Fire/Cold/Poison/Physical/Arcane) – Double Cap of All Resistance.
o Armor
o Life %
o Reduced Melee Damage
o Reduced Ranged Damage

Ø Bonus (Sub-Affix)
o Bonus %XP
o Magic Find
o Gold Find
o Gold and Item pickup radius increase (New)
o Resource Stat (Barbarian / Witch Doctor / Demon Hunter / Wizard / Monk)
o Chance to Blind/Freeze/Fear/Bleed/Knockback/Immobilize/Stun
o Level Reduced Requirements
o Treasure Hunter (New) Increases chance of finding Treasure Goblins and Resplendend chests and increases the quality of loot received through objectives and PvP.

Ø All items now roll equal primary attributes.
Ø All items now roll at least one primary (class) attribute.
Ø The affixes indestructible and thorns have been removed from the game.
Ø The magic and gold find cap has been removed.
Ø Players are considered Elites as of 1.0.7
Ø Diamond gem has been added.
o Weapon – Defensive Piercing %
o Armor – All Resistance
o Helm – Reduces Damage by %
Ø Wings can now be added to your inventory, and can now be toggled on or off that persist through game switching.
Charm System introduced.
o A dedicated inventory will be introduced with a quest in Act IV.
o Charms spawn in sizes of 3×1, 2×1 and 1×1. Charms are rolled similar to items (affix / sub-affix).
o Each Charm Size has unique affix and sub-affix rolls.

World
Ø Acts
o Players can now switch between acts through the waypoint system.

o All zones should spawn equal mobs and elites packs based on their size. For a zone of 1000m2 meters spawns 100 mobs, and 4 champion packs, and a 2000m2 zone spawns 200 mobs and 8 champion packs. Some degree of randomness will be used to vary elite pack amounts.
Bosses
o Sub-bosses have had their legendary drop chance increased by 300% when killed with 6 Nephalem Valor stacks or higher.

o End of Act bosses have had their legendary drop chance increased by 400% when killed with 10 Nephalem Valor stacks or higher.
Unique Name Monsters
o Health increased by 400% and now have a 200% increased chance of dropping legendary items. Their loot table has also been changed to match the loot table of rare and champion monsters.
o Now roll (difficulty +1) random abilities.
o Upon killing a named monster, the player increases the Nephalem Valor cap by 1.
o Upon killing a named monster, the player gains a Nephalem Valor stack.

Ø Nephalem Valor
o Nephalem Valor stack size cap increased to 10.
o Nephalem Valor now increases your Magic and Gold find and Experience gained by 10% per stack.

Ø “Secret Level”
Treasure Goblins now have a very small chance of dropping a Gheeds’ Treasure Tome when killed. The Tome can be used on other Treasure Goblins, making their portal permanent and enterable by players.

Ø Gheeds’ Exotic Treasure Island:
o Treasure Goblins
o Goblin Gladiators (GG’s)
o Goblin Mages (GM’s)
o Goblin Fanatic of Gheed (GFG’s)
o Uber Treasure Goblin King, comparable to an end of act boss.
o (Very small chance of spawning Gheed himself)
o Many treasures!

Crafting
Ø Mystic has been added as new crafter
o The Mystic specializes in altering armor and weapons.
o Unlockable in Act VI.
o Alter item appearance
o Change to another random sub-affix
o Reroll amount of sub-affix
o Change to another random primary (class) attribute
o Reroll amount of affix
o Craft Rare Dyes
o Altering Affixes require very rare materials dropped from monsters.
o Altering Sub-Affixes require rare materials dropped from monsters.
o Altering Sub-Affixes quality require common salvage materials.
o Altering an items’ appearance requires one of an items with the desired appearance, and it will be destroyed in the process.
o Special items unlocked by achievements

Ø Crafters can now specialize in a certain tree.
o Reducing its craft cost
o Craft time
o Unlocking special recipes
o Gaining unique appearances
o Experience system after maximum level.
o Higher Quality Affix
o Higher chance of rolling a Sub-Affix

Ø Blacksmith
o Off-hands can now roll base damage ranges (Witch Doctor/ Wizard Source)
o Quivers can now roll base attack speed
o Shields can now roll base block chance
o Crafting uses the new Affix / Sub-Affix system.

Paragon Level Perks

Ø (Account Bound), I.E. All characters benefit from the bonuses.
Ø Upon reaching level 100 all your characters gain an additional 50% more experience after reaching level 60 and gain magic find equal to your highest paragon level character.
Ø Level 100+ is only available for expansion characters.
Ø Each level beyond 100 increases the experience gained by 3% for all characters on your account.

Ø Level 1-100: Magic and Gold find bonus as well as attributes.

Ø Perks:
o Introduce perk system at Paragon 50

o Level 50: Increases the starting amount of Nephalem Valor stacks by 1.
o Level 55: Increases the chance of finding Legendary items by a small amount.
o Level 60: Treasure Goblins and Resplendent chests are now marked on the minimap.
o Level 65: You can now list 15 auctions, up from 10.
o Level 70: Your experience gain is increased by 5%.
o Level 75: Monsters explode more violently.
o Level 80: Increases the chance of finding rare monsters by a small amount.
o Level 85: Increases healing received by 10%
o Level 90: The cooldown triggered by your health potions is reduced by 20%, and potions restore 10% of all your resources.
o Level 95: You resurrect players 35% faster
o Level 100: The size of your Charm Specific Inventory is increased by 2.
o Level 105: Increases the pickup radius of gold and items pickup by 2 yard.
o Level 110; Increases your movement speed by 5% in PvE areas
o Level 115: Increases your stash by 1 half-tab.
o Level 120: Reduces the crafting costs by 20%
o Level 125: Increases the number of followers you can have in a solo game to 2.
o Level 130: Increases item quality of random objectives
o Level 135: Increases the chance of finding rare monsters by a small amount.
o Level 140: Reduces the cast time of town portal to 2.5 seconds.
o Level 145: Increases the size of your additional stash tab.
o Level 150: Increases movement speed by 5% in PvE areas
o Level 155: Increases the starting amount of Nephalem Valor stacks by 1.
o Level 160: Increase item quality of PvP objectives
o Level 165: The size of your Charm Specific Inventory is increased by 2.
o Level 170: You can now list 20 auctions, up from 15.
o Level 175: The cooldown triggered by your health potions is reduced by 20%, and potions restore 10% of all your resources.
o Level 180: Increases the number of followers you can have in a solo game to 3
o Level 185: Reduces the duration of control impairing effects by 15%
o Level 190: Increases the duration of your control impairing effects by 15%
o Level 195: The size of your Charm Specific Inventory is increased by 2.
o Level 200: 1 Follower will now join you in a multiplayer game.
- FIERY WINGS ITEM
- All your characters gain an additional 25% more experience after reaching level 60.

Level 201-999: Increases XP by 3% per level after reaching level 60.
* Keep in mind that these perks are in design stage.

PvP
Ø Defense of the City
Players can now queue up to compete against each other in “Defense of the City”. The goal of Defense of the City is to kill as many monsters as fast as possible while defending the different city gates.
Random monsters will spawn in waves that will even challenge the most experienced players.

o Instanced for each team, with the addition of a scoreboard (Monsters Killed)

o Everyone is rewarded with a Random Treasure Chest with its’ quality according to score.

o Average siege duration of 10 minutes.

o Game Modes
]- 1v1v1v1
]- 2v2v2
]- 4v4

o Queue system that will match players according to gear equipped. Cannot change gear while in Queue or during Defense of the City

Ø Endless Rush
Players can now queue up to compete against each other in “Endless Rush”. The goal of Endless Rush is for a team to venture as deep as possible into a randomly generated dungeon.

Random dungeon levels will spawn, with random monsters and elite packs.

o Instanced for each team, with the addition of a scoreboard (Level Reached)

o Everyone is rewarded with a Random Treasure Chest with its’ quality according to score.

o Average Rush duration of 15 minutes.

o Game Modes
]- 1v1v1v1
]- 2v2v2
]- 4v4

o Queue system that will match players according to gear. Cannot change gear while in Queue or during Endless Rush.

Ø Gladiator
Players can now queue up to compete against each other in “Gladiator”. The goal of Gladiator is for a team to kill as many other players of the opposing team(s) as possible while being sieged by heavy duty demons.

o Scoreboard of players killed by team

o Everyone is rewarded with a Random Treasure Chest with its’ quality according to score.

o Average Gladiator duration of 10-15 minutes.

o Game Modes
]- 1v1v1v1
]- 2v2v2
]- 3v3

o Queue system that will match players according to gear equipped. Cannot change gear while in Queue or during Gladiator.

o Players can queue for Gladiator against other players or teams of their choosing.

o Players can place wages on who will be victorious in “Gladiator”

Anything you guys especially like in that list? Anyone think it might actually be at all legit?


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