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For me crafters are fairly pointless.
I have everything on my Crafter (and many soulstones), and only use him for Taste ID to stack potions I've looted in PvP, and Imbueing to unravel Legendary gear I get in PvM, in the vain hope the parts I unravel or collect will have a use again some day. I do BoDs, but again, for no real reason than I hope one day in the future, I'll be able to craft with the kits again one day and make some decent stuff.
They have a fantastic BoD system, then you get the rewards, and nothing you can make comes near current PvM loot.
Personally, to make crafters a bit more relevant, I'd buff Greater Reforged gear, and introduce Runic Tinkering Kits, to make Greater Reforged Jewellery.
Make Brittle items spawn with less than 100 durability would go a long way, 255 durability lasts forever. They did actually used to only spawn with 60/70 then people whined and said they were useless and it was upped to max 255, just went from one extreme to the other...I think actually originally people beleived brittle acted like antique, and didn't realise they don't actually lose durability faster than normal items at all. Whoopsie
Crafting runs in cycles, its always been that way. For a couple years crafting sucks then a few years its awesome.... vice versa.
We just happen to be in a down cycle atm with all the legendary items. Don't throw your crafters away cause mark my words... They WILL be back. Its just a matter of time.
As mentioned already, crafted weps are still be best u can get for all PvM and even some PvP (archers). Once they get EJ underway and debugged (which may take a year), I'd bet they revisit imbue weights and make changes. They got a lot on their plate right now to b revamping crafting.
All in due time.
Crafting is fine as is. It is a slightly more budget friendly way to achieve end game gear. I have two different dexxers that can solo some of the hardest PvM content with all crafted gear + artifacts.
Devs just gave you the ability to craft new Doom items last year. Finally, making Legendaries less useful by making crafted items better will just cause players to complain that Legendaries aren't good enough.
There isn't a single mmo or D&D style game I know that doesn't include some type of grind for materials needed in crafting. If you can't spend a few hours in game getting mats to make stuff, try another game bro.