An honest review of the Diablo 3 Billionaire guide
You might have seen the ads for it around the web or you might not. A Chinese gentleman claiming he has made 1 billion gold on Diablo 3 legitimately. And he is willing to share his secrets with you….for a price.
I have seen the ads as well, and all the other Diablo 3 guide ads, and I have been wondering: what the heck is in, Diablo 3 billionaire, a 37$ guide? That amount buys you two tickets to a crappy 3D movie and some snacks, so should you go see a movie or should you invest in this guide?
What do you get in the Diablo 3 Billionaire package?
So what is in this package? Daniel Chan tries to do the impossible and do everything for everyone: he’s got leveling guides, farming while leveling, boss guides, class walkthroughs, AH strategies, MF farming. As you might have guessed, he does not succeed in his endeavor, but rather delivers something that is really good in some key areas and lackluster in others. Luckily his lackluster areas aren’t that critical to what we want to do: make money.
But first, a recap for the impatient among you:
- The leveling is not the main selling point, and you shouldn’t get the guide for this.
- The regular farming is decent, and if you haven’t followed the scene closely, you will discover useful routes. The good thing is that they are very easy to follow with maps and all.
- Get this guide for the AH strategies alone. You can spend a lot of time and gold on the AH through trial and error and getting this guide will save you those head aches. That alone should convince you to get the guide.
- If you want to turbocharge your AH strategies and find and dominate your niche, this guide is well worth the $37. If you enjoy playing the AH, get Diablo 3 billionaire.
My biggest gripe with the Diablo 3 Billionaire – sleazy upselling
Daniel Chan, if you have Google Alerts set up for your keywords, let me tell you this right now: if I have just plunked down 37$ for your guide, I don’t want to get upsold….I want my product!
Once I had paid the 37$ for the guide, I was taken to video which “only shown once, then never again, containing critical offers”. Basically this was a pretty hard upsell for monthly membership of his even more exclusive, platinum membership area. WTF? I just paid 37$ for half a product? I looked for a long time to see the “leave me alone and let me get my product”-button and finally found it on the bottom:
I clicked the button and moved on to…..ANOTHER FUCKING UPSELL?! This time for his exclusive “Gold Vault module”, which you might not be awesome enough to handle:
Well, my half product has apparently been reduced to a third of a product. I decided to decline his gracious offer, having now found that you could do this at the bottom of the page on the link written in tiny angry, red letters. Bringing me to…..you guessed it. More upselling for his super-awesome “Diamond Annihilation Package”:
I don’t even know what that means, but I am guessing it is some sort of guide to awesome builds. I decide once again to decline his gracious offer, which gets me to……my product. Or rather a prompt to let me set up my Diablo 3 Billionaire login. Hurray! I discover that 37$ gets you access to a Diablo 3 Billionaire members area with50+ guides to leveling, farming and AH strategies.
Leveling in Diablo 3 Billionaire – the weak point
Let’s face it; leveling is not hard in Diablo 3: click things and level up. It is more a question of how fast can you level, not if you can level at all. Here is what I would have liked to see in this section:
- Semi-exploitable spots in the game
- +experience gear and gems and reduced level weapons
- Best acts and quests for leveling fast
- Suggested skill and gear builds in an awesome design and layout
That is something I would expect as a minimum and something that an expert Diablo 3 player should know and should want his readers to know. What do you get on the site? Suggested skill and gear builds….and videos of the boss fights and that is it.
Sure, some of the exploitable spots in the game are time-sensitive, and I know he can’t have those on the site, but something like not mentioning +experience gear or reduced level weapons in an otherwise gear-centric guide is a huge flaw. The leveling portion of the Diablo 3 Billionaire guide gets a 2/10 in my book: 1 point for showing up and 1 point for trying, but overall a hard fail….and I am still pissed about the upselling.
But to be fair, this is not a guide on leveling, so all is not lost.
Farming strategies in Diablo 3 Billionaire
This is the meat and potatoes of making gold for many people: playing and farming the game to get items and gold. Which is great, because that is how the game is meant to be played!
The farming strategies in the guide are solid, but nothing new. He has mostly got the old stables, such as Butcher Runs, Siegebreaker runs and Dank Cellar and some more iffy runs like treasure goblin farming in old ruins, which has not worked at all for me. It could be bad luck or it could be hotfix, I don’t know. But all routes have a short description and requirement and they come with a map. There are some routes, which I have not seen before, but I honestly can’t tell if that is because they are “secret” or that there are just better routes out there.
I like the fact that he has the difficulty of the farming route, name of the quest you need to start and which classes are best. I would have liked to see gold per hour and more media, such as a video detailing the run or just more pictures beside a map.
All in all, I give the Farming portion of Diablo 3 Billionaire a 5/10.
However, the loot system is only one part of the game. We also have the AH for better or for worse, so onwards with the Diablo 3 Billionaire review
Diablo 3 Billionaire AH strategies
This is clearly where Daniel Chan has spent the majority of his time and it shows in the guide. Where leveling is maybe 10% of the guide, boss guides another 10%, farming is 30%, AH strategies are 50% of the guide. This is great news for those, that love playing the markets, but maybe less ideal for those that like farming. Personally I love playing the auction house, and it is where I spend the majority of my time in Diablo 3, so seeing how large this section was had me excited!
The AH strategy guides are very detailed, have loads of media and step-by-step instructions, so even rookie AH’ers can follow along. There is a long list of guides to the AH and it starts right at the basic level with a walkthrough of the AH functions and how to do great searches and then he progressively adds more and more advanced AH strategies.
The great thing is that he starts at a very low level, and gives you strategies for starting with only a few 100,000 gold, giving you strategies that allow you to build your fortune from the bottom. Then you build up to the more advanced things, finding your niche and finally he covers cross-selling between the RMAH and the GAH. He does a great job of covering how to find items that sell on the RMAH, how to get good deals on the GAH and how to re-sell on the RMAH. He also covers which items are good for selling on both auction houses and which stats to look for.
It is clear to see, that the Diablo 3 Billionare has put most of the effort in this section, and I give it a 9/10. Why not 10 out of 10? All the articles are listed on the sidebar and they don’t feel cohesive. I would have liked a better layout to the guide. If I am paying money for something, at least make it look good, please. So the last point is taken for design.
Diablo 3 Billionaire review conclusion
We started off in a rough spot: sleazy upselling. Writing this review of D3 Billionaire and writing the part about the upselling actually made me angry, and made me not want to recommend getting the guide. Then we got to the leveling portion, which is extremely weak and things didn’t get much better.
But this guide is about making money on Diablo 3 and things started picking up a bit with the farming section of the guide. The farming guides are short, to the point and do the job. I would have liked a bit more info like gold/hour at various levels, but they are decent enough as is. This section made me go from not wanting to recommend the guide to being so-so about it.
Then we got to the strong point of the guide: the AH strategies. The big bucks in Diablo 3 are made on the AH, not from farming. Farming requires you to get lucky drops and that requires you to put in the hours. Playing the AH takes a lot less time and time can be spent much more effectively here earning you millions per hour. The AH strategies are really good, start very basic and get pretty advanced along the way. Anyone can do it, since the guides are detailed, contain step-by-step instructions and screenshots.
There is a big focus on the RMAH and making money here, which is pretty awesome. Real money playing a game? YES PLEASE!
Would I recommend getting the guide? 37$ might seem like a lot of money for something like this. But let’s be real here: what are you going to use those 37$ on instead? Watch a crappy 3D movie? Nickelback CDs? Starbuck’s Lattes? If you take the 37$ out of your fun-“budget”, I recon they would give you more fun if you spent it on this guide, rather than wasting them on something else. So yes, if you have spare “fun”-money and want to get better at using and playing the auction house, then buy the guide. Click here to go the Diablo 3 billionaire site to get instant access to the guide! By buying it through this link, you help me out a bit with running the site. Hopefully you think it is worth it!
And keep in mind, that if you don’t enjoy the guide and don’t feel like you got anything out of it, then you have a 60 day money back guarantee. The money back guarantee is handled by Clickbank, who have been in the business for 14 years, so it is an ironclad money back-guarantee. So buy with confidence!
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