Today, I would like to discuss the current state of vision and Sightstone
The Assassin update has made Vision Wards (now Control Wards) less useful against Invisible champions, since it no longer grants true sight. This makes counterplay very difficult, unless you have a champion who grants true sight. This limits the number of champions that can be played against Invisible champions, since players cannot just buy a Vision Ward to counteract the stealth. This may sound like it's fair for Invisible champions, but this makes counterplay near impossible and every champion requires SOME degree of counterplay, while this update severely reduces it. And no, you can't just buy a Duskblade since the stats provided mean the item is intended for only Attack Damage champions. Lastly, some of you may say to use an Oracle trinket or a Scryer's Orb to deal with stealth, but is it enough? The Scryer Orb's locations and respawn times limit your access to true vision to certain parts of the map, while an Oracles will only provide a WARNING against Invisible champions, meaning you cannot autoattack or target them.
I don't know about you, but Akali, Kha'Zix, Shaco, Talon, Teemo, Vayne and Wukong feel much harder to fight against.
I know this may sound like a rant, but all I'm saying is that players need to have a proper way to counteract Invisibility, with the champion they play not being too much of a factor, and the way the Vision Ward worked before this update was just fine. An Oracle's and Scryer Orb are not enough, while Control Wards are useless against Invisible champions.
So, is vision in a good spot right now?
Next, I feel like having Sightstone as an ITEM sort of restricts the support's ability to play, since one item slot is mainly dedicated to vision and some health, as well as reducing item actives, if upgraded to a Ruby Sightstone. To add to this restrictive gameplay, there is the main support item that most supports will buy at the start of the game (Spellthief, Ancient Coin or Relic Shield), which further prevents the support's ability to play (but those items are not worth debating too much, given their power when finished to a Frost Queen, Talisman or Face of the Mountain). Anyway, I want to ask you guys what you think if Sightstone was a trinket instead of an item. There would be some pros and cons towards this idea, but I feel like it would allow the support to expand on their item choices. This idea would be balanced, as this also would mean sacrificing an Oracle trinket, however this idea would also mean other players could buy Sightstone as a trinket, which may not be too balanced. So, I'm not sure how it would turn out, but I want to ask you guys if making Sightstone a trinket would be a good idea.