I dont see why people feel the need to use the AH just because it's there, doesn't mean you have to use it.
I loved D3, but the hivemind of hate that the game got is just ruining it for everybody.
I agree with most of what you say OP, until I log on my hunter to do some battleground or arenas. After 10 games of "CC stun fear root freeze stun fear stun lawl dead" I always come to the same conclusion: What developer in their right fucking mind thinks this is a good pvp design?
There's a lot of blame to go around. In any case, having him out of the way allows Blizzard to draw a line and move on from there.
The cake is now an alternative fact.