Preseason - Items
We were extremely pleased with Season Two, but we think there’s room to make the League of Legends metagame even better. As we head into the preseason, we’re rolling out some big changes to items, the jungle, summoner spells, and masteries all aimed at providing you with more strategic options and an even greater roster of champions across all roles. This will be an iterative process, and we’ll be making changes and incorporating your feedback throughout the preseason, but here’s a preview of what’s to come.
To kick off the preseason we're introducing a number of new items aimed at offering more options for customizing your build. This upgraded arsenal includes more items with active abilities and new upgrade options for some of your old favorites.
We're remaking a few classic items in order to provide a broader appeal for previously niche buys, and upgrading some others so that they're more relevant at every stage of the game. We're also reevaluating the cost of every item relative to the utility it provides for its phase of the game.
We've pruned the item shop to remove certain items that no longer fit into the current framework of the game. Many of these items were either less powerful than alternatives, too powerful to be elegantly balanced, or purchased only as part of a later game upgrade. Instead of drastically changing these old standbys, we opted to remove them to open alternative builds.