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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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Diablo 3 Podcast #146: Patch 2.1, Story, and Blizzcon D3X2?

Lots on this show, including PTR Patch 2.1′s big changes, legendary item buffs, Paragon 1000 achieved, the Stash space emergency and micro-transactions, Diablo 3′s story and “demon soul hooks,” and Blizzcon 2014 Diablo 3 expansion announcement expectations. Featuring Flux, N3rdwords and Neinball.

Approximate topic starting times:

  • 2:30 — Paragon 1000 has been achieved. Does everyone have amazement?
  • 5:00 — Seasons and Patch 2.1 should go live simultaneously?
  • 11:00 — Legendary item buffs on the PTR. Looking forward to new items when 2.1 goes live, since Blizzard doesn’t hate the Monk (currently). Hydra build rules, but intentionally bugged on PTR?
  • 18:30 — Story implications of the Black Soulstone and why Diablo is free in Prime Evil form. Adria setting “demon soul hooks” is obviously a metcon, but is it parsimonious with the larger story/lore/plot? Both guests surprisingly say yes.
  • 27:00 — Is Diablo 3 + expansion packs self-contained? Will Diablo 4 be set a week later just continuing the same story? Or a totally new story, set centuries earlier or later?
  • 37:30 — Stash space insufficient = biggest problem in Diablo 3? One guest disagrees.
  • 40:00 — Most fans accept micro-transactions these days. Why isn’t Blizzard selling more stash tabs yet? Votes have shown most fans would accept this.
  • 47:30 — Diablo 3 expansion #2 announced at Blizzcon later this year? Everyone votes yes, though tentatively.
  • 52:00 — There are a lot of Blizzard games out and/or under development. Busiest days ever in Irvine?
  • 54:00 — Bonus secret trick to guarantee Greed’s Domain entrance?!?

  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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    One life to live: Reviving a passion

    Posted 4 Jan 2013 by

    The dust has settled, the storm has calmed, and I’m back! Sadly now I’m having a different issue that could prevent me from writing:I’m having a hard time not playing D3. I owe it to dying, to wiping out most of my gold reserves, and having to start somewhat fresh. It’s been refreshing( pun intended) and has me invested back into D3.

    It wasn’t really my choice to die. I was messing around with my monk and loaded him up with some gear off the AH. My reserves took a hit but I figured I’d farm it back. The time away did not hone my skills and I wasn’t up to speed with the feel of the monk again. I got overwhelmed, and found myself staring at the screen announcing my demise. Thankfully I had already had a back up monk waiting in the wings at level 4.

    The brief time I had with my monk was fun and I wanted to get back to that point. So I took up that lowly level four and set out into monster power 10 in order to hasten my leveling. I was surprised at how challenging it was and how much I was running for my life. While my life may have been in danger I was enjoying every second of it and reconnecting with what Hardcore can really offer. You can often get into a zone where you feel invincible but to be constantly reminded of your mortality can be a true motivator to get stronger, to get better, and to stay alive.

    In tandem with the death went my gold reserves, so most of what i’ve cobbled together was from leftovers in my stash and things I’ve found. It was quite the throwback to not have an Ah to look to because it was out of my price range. As a result of my poverty I’m hardly cruising in Inferno currently but have enough for me to farm and slowly build back up what I lost, very slowly it seems. However, much like release i’m looking forward to each drop not only because it may be profitable but because it could be an upgrade for me as well. More often than not I find myself praying for an upgrade over something that will sell.

    At the same time I do still Have 16 paragon WD just waiting while I play my monk. I like to have at least one high level waiting in the wings so I always can farm back up if things are ever really dire. However, the monk has caught my fancy and his quick strikes, and swirling cyclones are addicting, and I can’t imagine abandoning the class at any time in the near future.

    Now I don’t think this is going to help all of you out there reconnect with Hardcore. Not everyone is willing to part with heir hard earned gold, or high level characters. I know I wouldn’t have done it willingly, but I’m thankful for it and I’m having more fun as a result. The push back to 60 helped me reconnect with the class, and the fact that I’m not breezing through with AH gear has me just as motivated to get better. I’m not an AH purist by any means but I was surprised by how being deprived of it has made the game more fun for me. So throw caution to the wind, take some risks, and die if you must. You just might enjoy the journey back.

    One Life to Live covers the Hardcore play and life style in the Diablo community. It is written by Xanth and published weekly. Post your comments below, Follow me on Twitter @HCXanth or contact the author directly. For all the archived news about Diablo 3 hardcore check our Archives!

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