Let’s start with Sanguine Blade. It was created as a cheap and efficient purchase for traditional marksmen, jump-starting their late-game scaling which otherwise never reached fruition in Treeline’s shorter game times. Amidst our preseason changes to marksman itemization, that efficiency’s been pushed from “necessary evil” to “delirious overtuning”, and Sanguine Blade is now stifling the item diversity preseason was meant to foster. Turns out you can have too much of a good thing, so we’re saying farewell to Sanguine Blade.
SO LONG Sanguine Blade has been removed from Twisted Treeline
These two items are in the same boat, so we’re melding their contexts into one. Dervish Blade and Overlord’s Bloodmail were originally introduced because their Rift cousins (Mercurial Scimitar and Warmog’s Armor) were too big for the Treeline, albeit in different ways. Scimitar was exceedingly difficult to build due to its B. F. Sword component, while Warmog’s was too powerful for the 3v3 environment. Both problems have been addressed, so we’re trading these Treeline items in for their bigger versions.
FAREWELL Dervish Blade and Overlord’s Bloodmail have been removed from Twisted Treeline
Lord Van Damm's Pillager
Spoiler alert: Pillager won’t be gone for long. With the introduction of Infinity Edge (second spoiler alert!), Pillager no longer needs to fill the role of “Treeline version of a Rift item”, so we’re temporarily retiring it. This, incidentally, means Wicked Hatchet is a dead-end item. We don’t want it skulking around the item shop, so we’re retiring it for good.
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN Lord Van Damm’s Pillager and Wicked Hatchet have been removed from Twisted Treeline
This section's a bit of a grab bag, so we'll rapidfire a few explanations. First: we like the safe efficiency of Doran’s items, but not the inventory bloat of stacking them. We're replacing the Doran's series with the Guardian's items - see below. Next: Arcane Sweeper and Lightbringer were meant to balance out Howling Abyss's lack of wards, but ended up as permanent, mandatory counters to certain champs (even if their stats weren't desirable). We're retiring them and beefing up Oracle's Extract instead. Finally: Entropy and Wicked Hatchet were what we call 'trap' choices: they could be cool, but never lived up to their potential and were usually just wastes of gold. Sometimes a 'trap' item’s niche is interesting enough to go back and fill properly, but that's not the case here.
Now, say one final farewell to our departing friends!
FROZEN AND ALONE : The following items have been removed from Howling Abyss:
Orb of Winter