This mechanic, like many before, has since made its way into the core game. The current league, Ritual, allows players to come across the Harvest zone while playing the endgame and get a small selection of randomly selected crafts to use on gear. Not everyone is crazy about how it is implemented, but in general, many are happy to have Harvest crafting back in some capacity as it allows for some great build diversity and plenty of strong gear.
Naturally, developer Grinding Gear Games (GGG) is nerfing the system for players moving forward.
(Newbie Primer: If you don't know Path of Exile very well, here's a quick rundown of things you need to know: The game drops currency orbs that can modify existing items in various ways. The in-game economy also works with these items, specifically trading Chaos Orbs and Exalted Orbs for desired items. The in-game function of a Chaos Orb is to randomly re-roll a rare item with new mods. The in-game function of an Exalted Orb is to add a new mod at random. Again though, most people just use these as currency to trade.)
As I logged into my Steam group chat with friends the other day, I was immediately asked if I saw the Harvest changes. I just knew that GGG was nerfing it. After reading through the changes, I thought they were pretty well justified and manageable, even as someone who loves Harvest to death.
Boy did the Path of Exile community swing the other way.
The subreddit has been basically nothing but antagonizing memes and posts towards Chris Wilson (lead developer) and the team at Grinding Gear Games. From Phoenix Wright scenes playing out the dramato singing Exalted Orbs, most players are furious about two comments made in the manifest: If you want to buy MMoexp POE currency trade please visit https://www.mmoexp.com/Path-of-exile/Currency.html.