Diablo 3 Patch 1.0.7 Day One Impressions
Patch 1.0.7 brought several changes to the game but none of them have such a high impact as the minimum price listing for gold. Blizzard decided to let players sell their coins for real money at a cheaper price per million which affected even the Diablo 3 gold sellers.
The Diablo 3 economy seems to go on a gold devaluation after the latest changes. As the price for ingame currency dropped, so did the value of items. Since gold is cheaper, players that sell items will now be forced to raise the prices in order to cope with the inflation. Unfortunately, AH and RMAH users are not the only ones affected by this change. One of the best Diablo 3 gold site had to lower its prices in order to remain competitive and remain in business. Gold sellers have always had lower prices than Blizzard to offer the players a real alternative when it comes to buying ingame currency. Now that the minimum listing price has been dropped on the RMAH, gold sellers will be forced to follow the trend.
What does this mean for the players?
The value of the gold owned by players just dropped. All the wealth collected by the gamers is now worth less in real money. At the same time, gold is cheaper when converted to real money and it might lead to the bankruptcy of smaller third party sellers. Gold is an important part of the economy. No player can venture into the Sanctuary and take on the forces of evil with his pockets empty. At the same time, players that have been selling gold might just quit trying to earn real money using this method. Over time, players will lose interest while the best Diablo 3 gold sellers will continue to stay in business.
Despite these changes and the volatility of the Diablo 3 economy, there are still players that will manage to stay out of the entire gold price drop and item value depreciation. There are a lot of players that decided to stay away from the auction house. Many have tried, few have succeeded but the conclusion is that the game is much more difficult.
The second change that players much be aware of is more of a bug. Apparently, Hardcore characters can die while dueling. It seems that the Diablo 3 Brawling system is not yet ready for the most hardcore players. The problem occurs when there is a DoT (damage over time spell) active on a player which causes him to lose health. If the player zones out while the dot is active he can die. So far there is no official news regarding a possible fix. Players that suffered from such a tragic death can attempt to submit a support ticket and with a little luck, the character can be restored.
Kripparrian did a very good job on summing up the most notable changes. The player that managed to get world first Inferno Diablo kill put together a video explaining some of these aspects. His video can be found below.
The patch notes can be found here.