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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 DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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    The Diablo 3 Podcast #135: Diablo 3 v2, Clans, Class Changes, and Our 17th Anniversary

    Posted 5 Mar 2014 by

    Diablo 3 version 2 had a very busy first week with much player excitement. Topics include class changes pros and cons, build-defining legendaries, too-smart Smart Drops, First World clan Problems, and Diabloii.net’s 17th anniversary. Featuring Flux, Rankil, and Sentarius.

  • 0:30 — Intro and surprise of the sudden Reaper of Souls shutdown and Diablo 3 v2.0.1 the next day.

    first-world-problems-IncHC2

  • 5:20 — Economy impacts in D3v2. Why are gems so expensive all of a sudden? People know Marquise drop in RoS, don’t they? Why all current crafting materials are worthless in RoS.

  • 11:30 — Pros and cons of the countless class changes in D3v2. Wizard and Witch Doctor have new and awesomeness. But not as awesome as is the Demon Hunter.
  • 20:00 — Build-changing and defining legendary items. Find items, structure your skills and tactics around them, rather than trying to do one thing and fit your gear to fit it.
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  • 27:45 — Do Smart Drops make cross-class farming too difficult? Great incentive to play with friends who are a different class; you can feed each other gear.

    This stirred some excite when ID'ed in the HC clan chat.

    This ObZod stirred some excite when ID’ed in the HC clan chat.

  • 35:30 — Legendary and set jewelry. More common that other legendary types, usually junk. Working as intended!

  • 41:30 — Clans and communities. Everyone likes, but has some issues, and Flux has First World Problems. Everyone hopes Blizzard is treating now as a sort of clans beta, and fixes and improvements will appear fairly soon™. Friend’s list issues. Clans really need Hardcore Death Announcements. In black and red letters with glowing flames.
  • 57:50 — Surprising and overwhelmingly positive reaction of the community to Diablo 3 version 2?
  • 1:01:40 — Surprised at how many people now enjoying D3v2 who know nothing about the new features and obviously weren’t following the Reaper of Souls beta at all? People who played briefly upon launch, gave up due to terrible itemization, and are now back and happy.
  • 1:07:00 — The 17th anniversary of Diablo.IncGamers.com. Remember the very early days, and then the Diabloii.net days. What’s it like to be part of an online community that’s been evolving for so long?
  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.