Oh, the irony! You are the first here to think that I “use by default” what to use.
If, as you say, you have indeed been reading my previous posts in these forums (old and new), you would have known that I have constantly been ragged upon for NOT playing the currently accepted builds.
Like you, I don’t always use “the green number” to decide if I want to replace an equipped item or not. I always take all property rolls into account, and have at times swapped items out where I have actually add to sacrifice (for example) attack speed, resistances, toughness, etc. in favor of some other gain.
For me, Diablo in the past 23 years has always been about me making my own choices to play using my rules.
This is why I’m excited for the release of D4. Blizzard have said they are scaling down the prevalence and importance of sets (cookie-cutter builds) and again concentrating on Legendary Items in order to promote more builds through play-your-own-way.
I do not recall the exact words used, but I believe one of the devs at Blizzcon said that they “no longer want fans to play the game in ways decided on by the devs, but want the players to make their own choices and builds. Legendary Items will be equal to or better than sets”.
I have been, and always will be, “A Diablo Fanboy”.
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