I have limited time to play this game. And the last thing I want to do with my limited time is run the same quest 100x in search of an item. That is very boring to me.
I can't think of any game where I complete a level or a mission, and immediataly turn around and run it again 10 more times. If the game is particularly good, I may come back to that game and play it all the way through again 6 months or a year later (i.e. TR). That is fun for me.
But grinding out the same quest is not fun for me... Never has been...
So I just play the game, work on getting exp and favor and plat from varied different quests. During this time, I'll pick up a few items by chance and then I usually buy a few more items off the plat AH... When I decided I wanted a planar gird or a bloodstone, I never even once thought about grinding out Xorian Cipher or the Desert rares. I just played multiple different quests and saved up to buy them off the AH.
Of course, the absolute top notch items were out of my reach... I've never been particularly plat-rich, even after all these years. I don't think I've ever had 2.1 million plat on single character. and the absolute top-notch stuff doesn't show up on the plat AH anyway.
However, with the advent of the ASAH, I can now buy a few top-notch items for cash, and continue to play the game the way I like.
So thank you for grinding out those quests for me. You have extra time and patience; I have extra cash. Thank you for helping me pay to play.
Don't worry that I'm bypassing the game with cash. By paying for this items, I've actually opened up more of the game for myself. I feel comfortable spending my time TRing again, instead of spending my limited time at cap grinding out 1 or 2 quests for 1 or 2 items. My guys still at cap are little bit stronger now, so I feel more comfortable joining Epic Elite LFMs for fun, and they contribute more in EH raids.
I still have plenty to do that's for sure... I almost wish the devs would slow down with the changes... I used to have 5 main characters I played, now I'm down to only 3 because it's hard to keep up.