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Fascinating 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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Jay Wilson Rules out Diablo 3 PvP for This YearPosted 13 Dec 2012 by
It’s not exactly a shock at this point, but Jay Wilson used his Twitter to announce that we’re not going to get PvP in Diablo 3 this year, and that we might not even get that blog update about it.
We are not likely to post a PVP update until the end of the month. Note: that is not a promise. That’s all I’ll say about that. –JayWilson
GG Jay. “Almost a Disaster” –Will_Crets
This is why we don’t like to give dates. When you put quality before deadlines sometimes you’re estimates are wrong. –JayWilson
Let’s review the recent timeline. On November 27th Jay said we’d see the PvP blog “very soon.” A week later on December 4th he said complications had arisen and it wouldn’t be so soon. Now it’s a week later and we get this final word.
People like to bash Jay since he’s the public face of the game, but from his comments it seems clear that the delay is out of his hands. Read between the lines of his Tweets back in early December. “Some complications have risen and forced a delay …I think some players don’t understand the challenges of our job and what we face day to day…” If you read that and think, “Jay sucks and this is his fault!” I suggest that you’ve never worked with or in any kind of large corporation and have no idea of how complicated things can be.
Staracraft 2 was delayed shortly before the planned launch, rumors blamed that entirely on issues with B.net 2.0 not being ready yet, and reportedly the SC2 devs were furious but could do nothing about it. Jay might be living that now — he’s being a team player and not pointing fingers — but from his words it’s pretty clear the delays are coming from outside. Battle.net? Activision? Issues with e-sports stuff? Legal issue? International market issues?
There are a lot of possibilities, but ultimately it doesn’t matter to most players, who just want PvP and care only that we’re not getting it. Yet.