There definitely are already some opportunities to purchase ascension items, but they are few and far between and rarely contain the 5* ascension items.
My proposal is that once a month there’s a market where you can buy 1 4/5* ascension item so you can pick specifically what you need. For example: I don’t need a telescope right now, but I’d kill for a set of Darts.
I don’t like it… There are already plenty of ways to get ascension items. Implementing such thing in shop, would only increase the gap between F2P and the others. Not to mention, SG would only lose money by doing this. No one would ever use the last level AL, no one would ever purchase those gambling offers in the shop. So this will never be implemented anyway. Besides, this game is based on RNG, not on buying certain heroes and items. Deal with it…
Either they’re really listening. Or, this was already in the works. Given that I did pitch it, I made the purchase. Would have preferred it be cheaper and without the gems, but beggars can’t be choosers (well, actually I guess they can with this offer!).
I agree it would be cleaner and probably would generate far more interest as a standalone offer, or paired with fewer gems, like in a tournament offer. But progress is progress, or it may just be coincidence, as you wondered.