Today's small batch of red posts features two informative, although not definitive, posts from Xypherous, an Associate Technical Designer, about the current power level of the Guardian Angel and about Riot's plans to "fix up" top lane.lose/lose" situation for the team playing against it and then he proposed a possible solution to keeping GA a viable option, but making it a bit more of a tactical decision:
".... make the item give almost zero statistics but be cheaper - then you actually have to make a decision between an stats and GA, instead of GA just always being generally good.It's important to remember that this isn't meant to be taken an announcement of future changes for GA, but is simply one of the Rioters thinking out loud about a potential remedy to such an iconic item. We know Xypherous has been devoting a lot of time to items lately, perhaps this is just the first item he is looking into altering.
Mostly because by the time GA is properly explosive - Gold is less of a relevant concern as it tends to be super late game. Making them pay via slot cost seems to be the stronger disincentive at the moment."
Xypherous also briefly talked about Riot's plan to take a deeper look at some problems plaguing top lane and the popular top lane picks, as well as mentioning what they plan to do about the situation:
"The plan currently is to hit the various elements that cause top-lane to snowball hard in the time period between Season 2 and Season 3.This late in the season ( the finals are coming in mid October! ), it certainly isn't surprising to see Riot holding back such complex changes. What other drastic changes may lay ahead for us post Season 2?
This includes the strength of early armor / the fact that certain rubberband mechanics have been invalidated (minion/towers) / the lack of early itemization to shore up weak lanes as well as a general pass on the various top-laners in question to get them in line - but there's a lot of other factors in there as well.
However, it's not a set of changes to be done lightly - especially not when Season 2 is wrapping up - we'll be focusing on getting this lane into better shape while we ramp up for S3."