One tough decision supports used to have to make was whether to buy Aegis of the Legion or Locket of the Iron Solari. After Runic Bulwark came out that decision became obvious since Bulwark was so strong you HAD to build it. In the last patch though they removed Runic Bulwark and changed Aegis of the Legion so that it builds into Locket of the Iron Solari. The reason Riot stated for this change was because they felt that Bulwark had become a required item every game and it was too much of a burden on supports. I mean, they were right. It was a huge gold sink and supports weren't really able to buy anything else some games. Riot didn't really fix that issue though.
By making Aegis build into Locket they've made it so Locket is now the required item that each team needs at least one of and that burden still lands on the support. Sure the new Locket is a little cheaper than Bulwark was, but if you add in the fact that they need to get Sightstone too the item builds for supports are still quite limited. They have very little room in their coin purse to try other more risky items like Shurelya's, Twin Shadows, or Ohmwrecker (lol).
I think if they separated the items back the way they were and just kept Bulwark out of the game, we would have two pretty strong items supports would have to choose between - Aegis of the Legion and Locket of the Iron Solari. After the items were separated Riot would need to consider nerfing them because they might still be so strong that supports could only choose between those two items. Even so, that would at least be a step in the right direction - allowing them to choose between two items rather than the way it is now where you have to take the obvious choice of building Aegis into Locket. I think it's great Riot added a bunch of new items for supports this season, but support itemization still needs a lot of work.
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