A fan brought up an issue of strong relevance for most Diablo 3 players; how to play/prepare now for the big changes coming from Loot 2.0 and Paragon 2.0 and all the other changes coming in D3V and Reaper of Souls? <font color="#FFFFFF"> Budgeting for RoS Summary: Best approach for limited funds in the next 6-8 months: Hoarding crafting mats and gems, AH items, or something else? Option 1: The Conservative Approach: Don't waste gold on the AH since that stuff may be rendered obsolete, and hoard gold, found gems, and other materials for crafting or trading. Option 2: The "Gold will now be worthless" argument: Get as much as I can from the AH before it shuts down at all costs (gear and mats). Option 3: The Meek Shall Inherit: Don't buy anything or go out of your way to obtain anything vanilla-related. Look for a fresh start with RoS. I missed all of the get-rich-quick things that went on with this game, so I've got a lower middle class set of dudes. I see RoS as a way to get back caught up with the wave of people who play more than I do, and I want to maximize this opportunity. Thanks for your input.</font> Grimiku: There's nothing wrong with trying to maneuver yourself into a more advantageous position for Reaper of Souls, but I feel like I should point out that it's not necessary to enjoy it. However, I like the conservative approach when it comes to preparing for the expansion, and feel like it's a relaxing way to get ready. I'd like to hear more about how other people are getting ready for RoS. Are you preparing for the expansion? How are you gathering your resources? Do you feel like your method is working well for you? [source] It's tempting to try to closely parse Grimiku's comment, since the Blues have information we do not, but I don't see anything there that gives us any indication of coming changes. And that's really the key point, since feature changes we don't yet know about (and probably aren't set in stone by the devs either) will determine everything. We did <a href="http://diablo.incgamers.com/blog/comments/the-diablo-3-podcast-112-the-auction-house-shutdown">an Auction House shutdown podcast</a> that delved into every major question (and resulted in the longest show contents bullet list ever), and then posted a debate between Azzure and myself <a href="http://diablo.incgamers.com/blog/comments/will-gold-retain-value-in-diablo-3s-future">about whether or not gold would retain value</a> in RoS. I said it will not retain (much) value and Azzure said it would retain (most) current value, but the whole argument is mostly hypothetical now since it's predicated on major game system changes that no one outside of the dev team knows about. The OP's three options are interesting, but way too simple to embrace the full range of player options... A few of those can be seen on the click through, and like Grimiku, I'm curious what approach you guys are taking today, if you're actually planning ahead or just playing and enjoying the moment. From the sample items they've shown us, new higher level RoS gear will be much better than current gear. So do you sell your stuff now while it's got value? Save your best gear now so you can use it to survive in Act 5 once RoS goes live, while you hunt upgrades? Or do you spend your gold on gear now and rack up EXP to transfer into Paragon 2.0? EXP will be great to transfer over... unless we get ladders right from the start and ladder chars exist in a fresh economy without access to your old paragon points or gear. So maybe save up gold now, figuring you can spend it to buy the first-found item upgrades in RoS? But how will you find those items without an AH? And what if those level 64-70 items are all BoA and untradeable? So maybe you should horde gems and mats and DEs now? But what if there are new RoS-only materials and they form the real bottleneck for crafting and Mystic upgrades? Then you'll have stacks of mats you don't really need. Like I said, there are too many questions we don't know the answers to at this point. One thing I'm fairly certain of; the best strategy would be to horde time, since time spent playing in Loot 2.0 and/or RoS seems certain to be much more valuable, in terms of item and exp rewards, than time spent playing today. If only there were some way to store away extra hours now, so you could spend them in-game in the future. Maybe get ahead on your homework, at least?