I am honestly a bit disappointed about this update. Duplication was a simple and efficient method to obtain what was needed. Without this, we are forced to resort to the old natural way of survival. Because of duplication, we had the following:
- Infinite Food
- Infinite Armor & Weapons
- Infinite Materials
Duplication was a boost in the Minecraft community and it gave everyone what they needed equally without the fight to get it. Everyone had equal opportunities to become strong individuals in the Minecraft community. Those who knew how to duplicate had a bigger chance to survive that those tho didn't. Those were my thoughts.
If you want infinite everything, the answer is simple.... Play in creative mode.
Any duplication method is cheating, plain and simple. Infinite food is easy in survival, you just need to set up some automatic farms to do the work. Infinite armor and weapons, also easy with zombie and skeleton farms (yeah it's mostly garbage, but it's free). Infinite materials, just have to dig them up. If you're not willing to do any of that, then just play in creative.
I wonder how many issues with corrupted world saves are caused by people exploiting various duplication bugs.