I made a post on the battle.net forums a few years ago, expressing my concern that d3 would not have enough item diversity like WoW (but unlike d2). They have published an item page for d3 and it appears that my concerns have become reality: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/ The item stats are very homogenized and wholly uninspired. And the use of random properties on every item is lame. I wouldn't be surprised if they are using an item level calculation to automatically build the stats. The game seems primed for regular automated item progression like WoW which is in Blizzard's financial interest because it will keep the auction house going.