Apparently you'll run out of money trying to farm gear now at higher levels (higher repair costs, lower rewards for farming, and supposedly even opening chests reduces durability on equipment). 2-8% chance to get an ilvl 63 item, plus the chance that it actually has the skills you needed/wanted. You'll be killing a lot of stuff, repairing a lot of equipment. I think they said something about lowering the number of magic items guaranteed to drop from elites too?
Sure, you'll run out of money if you try glass cannon death zerging everything. I see no issue with this. You can still clear Act 1 Inferno on gear gained from A4 Hell and A1 Inferno, and not die often if at all. I cleared A1 Inferno regularly on DH without dying before the current patch and I don't have a single piece of gear above item level 61. Is it really so terrible that they made dying actually have an almost significant penalty even on Softcore? There are some complaints I agree with in regards to the patch, but increased repair costs making death zerg farming less viable isn't one of them.
Whatever. I've been focusing on Hardcore more recently, anyway. Softcore is a huge pain in the ass. The item economy is pretty @#%^ed right now, as there's no mechanic in place to take items out of the economy, and the high level item market is becoming more and more logjammed. I don't have fun farming Act 1 and 2 comfortably, finally getting a couple of good, usable items, and going to the AH to find that they just aren't worth it. At least in Hardcore, there's always a demand for leveling gear as well as higher level gear. Median items still sell on HC. People die and it creates a demand for items as they level new characters. That is good.
Anyway, I haven't really felt too affected by the nerfs, on DH or Barb. I never played my DH as a glass cannon, so my high-survivability gearset is still just fine. On Barb, I lose a bit of HP recovery per second due to the IAS nerf, but I can still facetank all of Act 1 and at least half of Act 2, in item level 61 gear.
Forums are usually going to be a disproportionate bitchfest anyhow, since the people who like the patch or who aren't very bothered by it at the least are not going on forums to say how awesome it is; they're playing the game and having fun. Personally, I've already gotten $60 worth of entertainment value out of Diablo III
. I know people expected a game that they would be replaying for 10 years like they did with Diablo II
, but I don't really see that happening with really any games in today's gaming market. There are certainly numerous issues with the game, and it really could have been quite better. It's perhaps most frustrating because you play the game and can see the ways they just missed the mark. I'm not being a Blizzard apologist, I'm just saying that I've gotten my money's worth out of it.