(I just wanted to apologize if you saw another similar post here last night. It was an accident. I was supposed to ask on this account.)
So as the title says, I just recently came back after a sort-of-long(?) hiatus. I checked the Wiki, since I don't remember when I left, and it seems I left before Update 16. So between Updates 15 and 16.
Anyway, there have been a lot of changes to the game, and I went through the DDOwiki's release notes for the updates. (Like the changes to the turning-in-collectables thing, the enhancements, experience, etc).
I brought up my hiatus, which is slightly irrelevant to my questions, to point out that it's been a while since I've played, and I have several questions about things that I'm not 100% sure about. And they don't involve the things I mentioned in the above parentheses. So basically, it's been about a year since I was last on. (Meaning my memory's a bit fuzzy, and I'm not so well-versed in the DDO numbers/terminology stuff.)
1) I have this Elven Ranger I made back then, and I got to level 4. Before I came back, I did a little bit of research in case I might have to remake my toon. So looking here (http://ddowiki.com/page/Ranger), I found out that the Ranger gets the "Diehard" feat at level 3. Now, I know (and I think I knew back then) that "Diehard" is useless later on, because when you go below 0 hp later on, it won't be above -10. It might be like -30 or something. Or maybe lower. Anyway, so Diehard's useless. Except I don't remember if I took it as a feat when I was creating my Ranger or not.
Basically, I don't know if I received Diehard as a class feat or if I hand-picked it myself during character creation.
Hypothetically, if I picked Diehard at level 1 (during character creation), and I'm supposed to get it at level 3, does this mean that I would get a free feat at level 3?
In other words, if a person picked a feat for his/her toon at a certain level (say some level x) when that toon would've gotten the feat as a class feat at level x + 3 (for example), what happens then? Did the person just waste a feat slot? Or does he/she get a free feat because he/she already has the "class feat" before the level?
So, along that line, are class feats the same as regular hand-picked feats when it comes to feat changes? What I mean is, are class feats also open for changing to more viable feats later on in the game? (Like Diehard, for example. Which I don't know if I was given or if I picked.)
And also, is there a way for me to differentiate (somehow?) between the ones I picked and class ones? Or am I just supposed to remember and take notes as I level up?
2) There are a few weird things involving some items I've seen around. So I own this Drow Hunter's Armor (http://ddowiki.com/page/Drow_Hunter%27s_Armor). I owned it before I hiatus-ed, so before Update 16. Anyway, I checked the AH for one, and the one on the AH is level 4 and is "Binds to Character on Equip". The one I have in my bank is level 6 and is NOT BTCOE.
Strangely enough, though, I've noticed that a lot more items I've seen are BTCOE. Like the Wraith's Skin armor (http://ddowiki.com/page/Wraith%27s_Skin), and a lot more stuff. But I don't know if it's the result of a change to named items or something, or if it's because I never noticed before I left.
Oh. And on a side-note, I saw this level 6 Silver Longbow in the AH, and when I Googled it, I only saw this level 8 one. Is the level 6 one sort of like my Drow's Hunter Armor? The level 6 one wasn't on the Wiki, nor was it mentioned in the forums.
Thank you everyone! I hope it wasn't too much of a wall of text or anything.
And I might ask more questions in the replies as they come up.