Yes that is exactly how it is, you run around/away until the CDs are reset. Sad, but true. And then you gear up trying to reduce/eliminate those CDs.
Have you forgotten in D2, that the XP needed to reach next level was doubled (?) on each successive level, and anything over 80-85 was hard/impossible to achieve, unless you were running a bot or were very, very dedicated (as in not seeing the light of day) ?
Diablo 3 is not like that, and you can reach 70 much quicker, so they invented Paragons for that endless grind and keep players playing for longer.
It is politics and entitlement. All players, regardless how bad or how casual, have to be able to attain “top level”. In Diablo 2 you would not be able to reach over 85-ish until and unless you were extremely determined (or a bot). Different times, different politics.
You are forgetting those “bloody runs”, “meph runs” and “baal runs” and how we used to level up quickly way back then? Maybe not on hardcore.
You are contradicting yourself. With free trading you will be able to access top gear within seconds. Even if they make BiS gear soulbound, still you will be able to access pre-BiS gear in seconds.
That’s exactly how it was in Diablo 2 with the Frozen Orb sorceress, the Buriza amazon with knockback etc, screens upon screens with walls of mobs you would shoot at from a distance and keep away. Or with the WW barbarian running through the Cow Level ?
Bots have been there since I can remember in Diablo 2 and it seems also in Diablo 3. It is there to collect gear, sell gear, or reach insane paragon levels (the equivalent of normal levels past 85 in Diablo 2).
I actually like GRs in Diablo 3, may be because I do not know what other challenges the game has to offer as I am very casual.