We know that (for many players) itís much more rewarding to gear up from items that you find while playing normally than it is to necessarily go through Auction House
Really? You guys know that? Then why is your game designed as is? These two things are diametrically opposed.
Blizzard is working to address player complaints that characters are merely the sum of their gear
Nobody saw that coming when they simplified the skill trees, and did away with attributes (and announced an auction house)? I'm kind of baffled as to what people were expecting when they saw all those things.
I would go even further and say you're really just your weapon stat, as all classes leverage that for everything.