Here are five removed items that should come back to League of Legends.
Items are removed from League of Legends for any one of a number of reasons. It could be because they make certain champions kits impossible to balance, because they warp the meta in an unhealthy way, or because they just don’t have many good users. There are over 150 removed items in the history of League of Legends, so here are five that we think deserve to be brought back from the dead.
1. Sword of the Occult
Stats: 5 AD
Build path: Long Sword
Total cost: 1400g
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What it did: Grants 10 attack damage kill or 5 for an assist, with a maximum of 100 attack damage. Half of the stacks are lost upon death. When fully stacked, it grants 20% bonus attack speed.
Why it should come back: This is essentially the AD version of Mejai’s Soulstealer, a stacking AD carry item that rewards players who are able to snowball. When Mejai’s was reworked in Patch 5.22, many were surprised that its AD counterpart wasn’t reworked as well, but was instead removed.
Riot actually almost brought the item back in that Patch 5.22, with a reworked version that would have given less AD per stack but lifesteal at full stacks instead of attack speed.
What would have to change: I think that Sword of the Occult should be a straight “sibling item” to Mejai’s, granting flat bonus movement speed at full stacks rather than attack speed or life steal. This would encourage all sorts of AD users to build it when they want to snowball since movement speed is a useful stat for assassins, bruisers, and ADCs.