Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic that we can now get max rolled items (functional reds, I guess would be a good term), but not giving the player the red illusion is a mistake in my opinion.
Lets remember, the issue is that many players are getting large numbers of duplicate reds. From what I can tell (and certainly this is the case for me), is that players are not that bothered about being 1% off from max rolls. They are bothered by the fact that they are not getting those swanky illusions.
While I understand the thinking behind keeping Red illusions exclusive to “found Reds”, I feel this is a mistake. Like I said above, a major part of the issue is not getting the illusion, and this solution doesn’t really solve that problem. It’s still totally possible to play the game for a thousand hours and have multiple missing reds, and about a jillion repeats of the same illusion.
I don’t think anyone would be unhappy if upgrading an orange weapon to a red also gave the player the illusion for that weapon.