TBQH, I really like the new shop menu from an efficiency PoV. Now I can just peg what stats I want and don't have to sift through random crap to determine which item I want right now, or I can just type in IE, PD, BT, whatev's and just get it, or at least double-check the price really quick. Not to mention that they went the DOTA 2 recommend item's route, where you have one hard route and a bunch of little suggestions depending on what you want to do. Always good IMO.
Edit: So they did a sneak peak of the new recommended item system, and me like.
Yes, they definitely went the DOTA 2 route with starting items, essentials, and recommended for this champ items. Unlike DOTA 2 (at least that I saw in-game, had to go to the wiki for reasoning), they give a short, sweet general description of what the suggested items do for newcomers. While I would prefer an option for a more advanced reason why X item is good for Y champ, I'll stick with this for now and leave the adv. stuff to the guides.
Now it still royally sucks though that they still have doran's as the very first starting item, but oh well. However...what's this? Catalyst builds into two more items now? Suspense! Also, either that's bad wording on why you should get DFG, or they changed the active into an item form of Swain's torment (his E), which if that's the case then sweeeeet.
he's still going to be Xerath, true damage lord though, so always going to look forward to that. and how bout that new doran's ring that now has Swain's passive on it. Viktor and his lazor's will be pleased.
Edit: ya know that Crystaline flask? It's DOTA 2 bottle. yeah.
Edit 2: Liandry's lament, Brand and Swain are going to have a field day with that item.
Edit 3: Huh, Xyph's right about not feeling silly about getting Warmog's anymore along with doran's shield.
Edit 4: so I'm trying to not be derp about the new boot upgrade changes. I'm assuming merc. treads, sorc. shoes, etc. are t2 boots correct? <--nvm, RoG post cleared it up lol. sweeeeeeeet!
Edit 5: 7% MS nerf to PD. ouch. collision ignoring passive is good though.
Edit 6: Viktor passive buffs! T3 upgrades that promote his ult to god-tier and stats and everything else to god-tier! EEEEEEEEEE!