Less than a week before the release of its first expansion, Reaper of Souls, Blizzard has decided to pull the plug on the Diablo 3 auction houses. According to Blizzard’s statement last year, “it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo’s core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot.”
The infamous and detested auction house was shut down at roughly 10 AM GMT, the 18th of March. If you were planning on posting some quick auctions, you might have missed your chance as no new auctions can be listed. According to the Diablo 3 Auction House F.A.Q., “Once the shutdown is complete, items will either be delivered to the current highest bidder or returned to the seller, appearing in each player’s Completed tab. Unclaimed gold will also appear in the Completed tab.”
If you were taking a break, or planning to take a short break while the activity increases againduring Reaper of Souls release week, you don’t have to fear about what happens to completed auctions as “players will be able to claim gold and items from the Completed tab in both the gold and real-money auction houses until June 24” however do keep in mind that “items and gold not claimed by this date will be consumed by Treasure Goblins, never to be seen again.” Perhaps you will be lucky someday and find one of those greedy Treasure Goblins. If you do find yourself being quite unlucky when it comes down to loot, you don’t have to worry because “players will still be able to trade with one another using the in-game Trade Window.” And who knows, maybe some day I will be trading with you.