Let’s face it, I like loot as much as the next person, but the Diablo games have always taken it to the next level. In Diablo 3, if you want to play their “end game” stuff, you pretty much have to have the perfect gear. T6 rift? No problem… as long as you have the right stuff. And here is where my QQ comes in.
In most games, especially online ones that are multi-player in some aspect like this, there is going to be some kind of a grind. Grinding for levels, grinding on bosses to get that one piece of gear, and so on. In Diablo 3, you don’t grind on a select boss. You just kill a bunch of things and HOPE that you get the piece of gear you want. And it’s all completely random.
There are some things you can do to increase your chances for legendary finds… Such as playing at a higher difficulty (which can bring us back to the initial problem – not having the right gear to survive), play with friends for a little bonus, up your magic find, and so on. However, there is one thing fundamentally wrong with grinding in Diablo 3 —
You keep getting the same stuff.
Over and over again, myself and my friends have gotten the same crap legendaries. Saffron Wrap, anyone? You get all excited for that belt to drop, because you’ve been farming for a Goldwrap (or insert your choice belt here), and then you pick that thing up… And you don’t even have to identify it. You know it’s a damned Saffron Wrap just from the picture.
All of those rifts you’ve been running? You spend all of those shards at Kadala, only to get crap. From my experience (or perhaps my poor luck) her drop rate is extremely poor for legendaries. I have so many level 70 materials now, just from gambling with her, I don’t even bother to pick up blue or yellow items anymore. Seriously. She just eats all of my shards and gives me junk in return, which I just break down.
We’ve been playing Seasons, and pretty hardcore. Several hours most days. We hit 70 on our third day of playing. Since then, it’s been pretty much nothing but loot grinding. At the start, it’s fun, because you don’t have anything… but as you get pieces, and then need only a select few… It’s nothing but a big ball of frustration.
There are a couple of things that I feel Blizzard could do to help alleviate some of this frustration. For example, you could pick a slot when entering rifts, and get a slight increased drop chance for that slot. Since I’m wanting belts, I could pick waist, and get like a 20% greater chance for waist slot items. You know, instead of getting two-handers, staffs, crossbows, and other crap I wont use on my Witch Doctor.
It’s nice to dream, right? Needless to say, I’m going to take a break from the grind for a couple of days and go putter around in ArcheAge….if I can ever get through the queue.