So to start off I’m going to say that item diversity and the amount of items we have has always bothered me with this game. However trying 5v5 expanded the issue for me even more when I opened up the scoreboard and saw everyone build pretty much the same stuff, very few heroes really have “that item” that’s sooo good on that hero and synergizes with them, not saying every hero should but it’s just not common at all I feel. Not only that though I also feel like a lot of the items we do have are just… boring. I’m just gonna go through a lot of the items and give basic explanations hopefully you’ll see what I mean, if items from the same tree effectively serve the same purpose they’ll share a spot:
Sorrowblade/Shatterglass: Just damage, that’s it, nothing else comes from it
Serpents mask/ Eve of harvest: You want to have ok lifesteal? Get this
Broken myth/bonesaw: If they have a lot of defense on you just get this (side note: I actually like bonesaw’s design but I don’t like that it’s really the only late game pierce item for WP, BM used to be a lot more interesting too but I understand they didn’t want it to be that item everyone gets, but it’s the only pierce option for its tree period)
Tyrants Monacle: Basically just more damage again except it’s less reliable but can be bigger, honestly though the way crit works in this game with every crit item improving its damage it seems less special tbh when in games like LoL or smite only one crit item increases crit damage and serves as a big power spike
Tornado trigger: Just attacks faster and more crit yawn, I almost never see anyone buy this item
Metal jacket: primarily just armor… lots of armor… that’s it
Aegis: Good amount of shield with some health and reflex block, that’s it, basic asf but better than mj at least
Atlas pauldron: ok so I have always disliked the design of this item, it’s not fun to use and it’s not fun to play against, yeah yeah you can block it but then you get hit with every other CC, or you block CC and now you can’t block the atlas. The reason I think Atlas has a poor design is its basic function is to turn someone into a potato for like 4 seconds or so and honestly if you’re someone who’s extremely attack speed reliant like Krul or Saw you’d probably rather be stunned depending on the situation. It’d be more interesting if it was like some sort of constant slowing aura for a smaller value like 20% or so, would probably be more useful too in 5v5
Ok that was a lot but hopefully some of you can relate understand what I’m getting at. I do think what has been introduced for items lately though has been better, like…
Spellsword: Solid damage, Cooldown, and a unique passive. It’s an interesting item to me because it can be situational and it’s also good for WP heroes who are more ability reliant or who Justin lose their energy very quickly
Breaking point/Dragons eye: both serve the same purpose pretty much however they are interesting and unique and again not something that just everyone builds 100% of the time.
Spellfire: I actually really like spellfires design I personally feel like it’s still a bit on the weak side though burn its interesting and good for poke characters
Clockwork (reworked): one of my favorite items honestly. It went from being a boring bunch of energy and CD to a solid CP item with a very nice passive.
Aftershock/Tension Bow: These items can be cancerous to be against sometimes but they are pretty unique and synergize well with certain heroes which is what I find fun personally.
I could go on about other stuff but I don’t want this to be a giant wall. I think all the support items are fine honestly as well as the boots and such however here’s some things I think would be good when it comes to items in the game:
Just make more items: the current amount we have pales to pretty much almost any other mobas and I see the same builds constantly
Rework some of the current items: I feel like a lot of the items are just boring and need something to make them more special, be it stat tweaks/changes, new passives, etc.
Make hybrid items possibly even, and I don’t mean WP/CP I mean maybe like some armor that gives a little bit of WP or CP or cd etc. same with boots maybe some attack speed boots or damage boots or tank boots (talking armor or shield not wartreads) our current boots are but like I said I think we could use more.
So yeah that’s basically how I feel about, please let me know what guys think, if you agree/disagree or have any suggestions yourself