We got into a bit of a kerfuffle last time some item name changes hit the PBE without any context, so let's jump in front with some discussion before the changes get laid out.
First, there's been a lot (A LOT) of discussion surrounding the renaming of Shurelya's Reverie to "Icon of the Sun Disk" (http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?p=42941112) (is now Talisman of Ascension last time I heard) so I won't get into it, but just to summarize in a concise way:
- We really meant no disrespect to the designers that contribute to and helped shape League of Legends.
- We really shouldn't make changes without context!
Ultimately change *does* happen, but working in a vacuum sucks and should be done with player empathy in mind.
As to why these items are getting their names changed, the real catalyst that drives an item name / icon change is usually when its name / functionality collide with player expectations. As some of you may have noted in other discussions, we have some things like books combining into guns (what a delightful metaphor), but that's a legacy expectation (more on that in a second). As our design team focuses on designing for players new and old (and what makes sense vs. what's delightful inside baseball) there are times where the question gets asked, "If we're revamping it, can we make its progression make sense as well?" That gets taken one step further as we bake in some creative lore to let players connect with the item's in-game historical significance.
So the problem was that we reworked an item in a significant (or less than significant) way and in playtests we ran into problems where players would say, "I expected this item to build into multiple things like it used to," or, "this item doesn't do this anymore? Since when?"
That was when we realized if we wanted to message to players "RE LEARN WHAT THIS ITEM IS AND WHY YOU WANT IT," we needed to change its name to "reset" expectations (getting away from those legacy expectations). There are times where this can feel (and maybe is) heavy handed, but that's where context comes in so we can discuss and - in the case of Shurima's Reverie with Historian Shurelya - change course if needed.
**ALSO WORTH NOTING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE GETTING NEW ICONS TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT THEIR CORE THEMES**
The item build line of Kage's Pick > Kage's Lucky Pick > Shard of True Ice has been renamed to:
**Spellthief’s Edge > Frostfang > Frost Queen’s Claim**
- Passive: Tribute
- Active (on Frost Queen's Claim): Arctic Embrace
Might be some fans out there who were attached to the older names, but this is just a tribute!
You gotta believe it!
MOVING ON: As we've discussed before, the new names for the item build line of Philosopher's Pebble > Philosopher's Stone > Shurelya's Reverie is now:
**Ancient Coin > Nomad’s Medallion > Talisman of Ascension**
- Passive: Favor
So there is context. ricklessabandon worked on the new Spellthief item build line name changes with some folks, so he may be able to stop in if y'all have feedback. CONTEXT.... OUT.