For League of Legends (LoL) players, Doran items are extremely familiar items. They are often the item that starts the game on players and helps them to lane easier. According to statistics from LeagueofGraphs, Doran items are the most popular starter items in League of Legends.
Doran items are the most popular starter items in League of Legends – source: LeagueofGraphs
However, a famous streamer of League of Legends – Thebausffs recently criticized Doran’s equipment. According to Thebausffs, Doran equipment are extremely bad items and players should not use them. This guy also predicts that in just 1-2 months, no one will use Doran equipment.
“You know what? Doran equipment is the worst item of League of Legends when it comes to gold efficiency or ability to power up at a later stage. Players buy them simply because the shop suggests them. Only 1-2 months from now, no one will use Doran items,” – Thebausffs shared.
Thebausffs are famous for their late game Sion play, so they underestimate Doran’s items – source: Thebausffs
Theoretically, Thebausffs is not wrong when players cannot upgrade Doran equipment to larger items. Therefore, this type of equipment will decrease in value very strongly in the later stages of the game, players often sell them to build other large items.
Although Riot has added many starter items to League of Legends, Doran items are still very popular – source: Riot Games
However, Thebausffs also received mixed opinions when many gamers defended Doran equipment. Basically, these items provide relatively good basic stats and help players go much safer. For example, in the case of generals who want to trade skills (Doran’s Sword), use skills to clear minions (Doran’s Ring) or defend if they choose a weaker champion (Doran Shield).
Therefore, Thebausffs’ prediction of players ignoring Doran in the next 1-2 months is highly unlikely, at least for the foreseeable future. And in case that happens, Riot will have to put in the right equipment to replace it if it doesn’t want to mess up League of Legends.