Originally Posted by Sagee Prime
Good point and it needs to be rewritten anyway.
Thanks dude - let me give you a quick observation on your work on Nidalee - I really feel I can talk about this right now, I couldn't do this previously as I had no idea how a champion should work or look like.
The first thing I have remember was the fact how you mentioned 'Nidalee's clunky, she isn't really sure what to do, is she encouraged to hop around in Cougar form (AD) or stay in Human while healing and tossing out spears (AP).
This is what ItemsGuy fixed - he made everything scale on AD as the playstyle should be unified as a whole and not broken down into two playstyles for the sake of breaking it down - it waters down the experience of the champion. 'Yes my spears deal damage now, but why the hell can't I wreck balls with this bad@ss Cougar !?' and vica versa.
Secondly, the heal in her kit is just added for the sake of adding it. Sure it works but not only does it enforce the clunky and weird scaling, it is also of little relevance to her as a character.
Saying that she is the ultimate druid would be wrong - if a 'ultimate full druid' champion would be made the champion wouldn't be about tossing out spears and traps and all of that. Right now she is a watered down version of a bestial huntress with a small glimpse of what a druid could do - she's not a bestial huntress as much as she could be and she's far from a 'full druid champion'.
I hope this explains.
EDIT: Concerning lore, gonna give a few examples. Mordekaiser. Mentioned in the OP aswell. We don't know why what or how he does what he does if we haven't read his lore.
His readability therefore is extremely poor; this guy has huge bulky armour and a giant mace, we expect him to smash around with that giant mace, in the end he works more like a mage and spawns ghosts out of the corpses he makes ?
Take Thresh for example, as ItemsGuy said: Kits aren't there to service the lore--but rather, lore is there to give depth to the kit and the character behind it. Who is this champion and why do they do what they do ?
Lore should tell us why they do what they do, not what they do.
What they do should already be present and extremely readable the first time you encouter the champions and this is what happens with some good designs like Thresh and Vi.
Wanna read their lore ? Go ahead ! You'll get to know the story behind the sadistic jailer, you already got that part. You'll get to know the story behind the chick punching everyone, I don't think I have to explain how people could possibly guess she punches people, haha.