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Default Pro Tips for the New Item Shop

The preseason is now in full swing, and there are tons of new items available to round out your champion’s arsenal. With all of these new options, making quick decisions on just the right item for your strategic situation is more important than ever. The new item shop’s more advanced features are designed to help you efficiently find the perfect item to complete your build.

Browsing the shop

To help you quickly find what you need, we’ve added a series of filters to the store view. Clicking on the nameplate of a filter will display all the items that fall into that category. Unlike the previous store categories, however, you can select as many of these filters as you’d like to zero in on items that provide the exact combination of stats you’re looking for. Ticking the checkbox next to additional filters will narrow your search criteria, displaying more and more specific items.

You can also toggle between grid and list layouts to change the way items are displayed. Selecting list will give you more information about each item, while grid view will allow you to view more items at a time.

Searching for an item

If you know exactly which item you want to buy, we’ve also added a search feature that’s designed to be quick and easy to use, even in time-sensitive situations. Pressing Enter will take you directly to the search window, so you can start typing immediately.

You can also use the arrow keys to select from the items that turn up in your search and even buy directly from your search results by pressing Enter again after highlighting your selection. You can also search for specific stats you’d like to acquire, including much of the popular lingo and shorthand. For example, searching for “damage” or “gold” will display attack damage and gold over time items, respectively. Popular slang terms such as “BT” for The Bloodthirster and “triforce” for Trinity Force are also recognized.

Recommended items

In the preseason, we’ve expanded the number of recommended items substantially. In lieu of having a single suggested build, the new recommended items are organized into five categories: Starting Items, Essential Items, Offensive Items, Defensive Items, and Consumables.

Starting items are well-balanced buys that give you the right mix of stats to be effective early on in the game. Essential Items are a core part of building a particular champion, and make for a solid purchase in any strategic situation. As things progress, if you find yourself taking a bit too much damage, or you’re dominating and really want to drive home a win, consider supplementing your build with items from either the Defensive or Offensive categories.

Using the new features to shop efficiently will not only get you back into battle more quickly, but also help you find more tactical item choices. Tailoring your build to your current situation can be pivotal to making a comeback or closing out a tough matchup.

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