Originally Posted by BestBilbo
Thank you, this is entirely what we have been trying to say, especially in our third thread concerning the topic of 'champions over-all' (the OP here is just a summary of all of our threads/points)
In our opinion, Riot should've come up with thematic elements of a theme converting them into abilities, whereas right now a lot of champions's behaviour/abilities have little relevance to their theme/appearance, Anivia would be a good example of that.
Her abilities aren't really bird or phoenix like, except for her passive, the rest of her abilities: you wouldn't expect a bird to be doing this, if anything these abilities would fit better on a random wizard specialized in the arts of ice/frost magic. (Random ice plopping out of the blue).
That's not a themetic unified champion, in our opinion (and pretty much approved of riot now by morello as he says he'll be really focusing on that this year) something that waters down the expierence of the ultimate 'ice bird' champion, as she's nothing really like that, except her appearance as an ice bird.
As I've worked on my own independent characters, that's really the most fun part of it (at least for me). The number crunching, the perfect balancing- that's all exhausting and doesn't reliably end up well no matter how much effort you put in. But creating an interesting character, with mechanics that honest feel like the character, that is truly fun.
One of the interesting things about Riot is how inconsistent they are in incorporating lore into mechanics. I mean, look at Jarvan's judgement, the Swain turning into a flock crows thing was quite cool. And then the kind of spin-to-win pair, Garen and Kat, having their own little relationship. But when they try to incorporate that into the game, they tend to mess up. I mean, why on earth would Graves have that interaction when he gets Nocturne in the smoke cloud...I don't see any reason why a demi-god nightmare thing would interact with the Runeterran equivalent of John Wayne. Instead, why not make some TF-Graves interactions. They could really enhance the feeling of roleplay, which I think gets lost in all the chaos of the game, by creating more interesting interactions. It would be so much more fun if Graves even just said something like "Here he goes again..." when TF ults...or Teemo had a "Psychopath Yordle" thing like the ninja's have a "I'm a flippin ninja" thing that went away when he got near Tristana. Easy things like that would make the characters so much more personable.