Actually there's very little content in the game that requires max CR, so beyond Survival Mode it's tough to say that anyone needs max CR. The OP's thought was not about maxxing their CR but gaining the needed CR to progress through solo/duo play, and it has been pointed out by others that it can still be done. Finally, from first-hand experience I can say that the very fact that those players are going the solo/duo route for their progression means they aren't looking for a handout. It's not the easy road by any means. Ok, setting aside the whole use of "work" when related to a leisure-time activity like a video game, let me repeat this part from my post: Now I get that there are some who frown upon vendor mod use. I don't quite understand it, but I get that some don't like them. But the fact remains that those mods aren't being given away for free. You still have to earn them. And on top of that, there's the nifty little fact that the devs put them in the game, and as such they are a legitimate method of getting mods. I never said that vendor mods are the only way to go, and in some cases they aren't the ideal way to go. But vendor mods are legit and provide an option for those who aren't inclined to spend their in-game time collecting them.