out of all the contracts you can get, I feel like Dragonblood is the most impactful. It lasts 3 seconds, so the likelihood of the mark being consumed is quite good.
The counter for this - the protector contract lasts 2 seconds, so it really takes some skill to time it right.
I would like these items to see more action. they are cheap. they change the outcome of early engages. if you can secure a kill, that 300 per kill gold in your bank just made up for the 250 you paid for the contract. IMO, it’s well worth the price and best kept as a niche situational item.
I know plenty of people feel like it’s useless that they can’t be upgraded, but they don’t need to be. the decision process of when to buy and sell just adds that extra tactical depth.
Please use them more and appreciate them in all their glory. they really are wonderful to use and don’t need any changing.
read those item tips: directly copied and paste from item description
Dragonblood - Use this to aggressively secure kills in the early game.
Protector - Purchase this if you expect heavy aggression coming from the enemy team or want early teamfights.
I’m pretty sure the vast majority of the player base is looking for those 2 things. So use them.