Originally Posted by Noogums
The meta won't change until Season 3 starts, new items are implemented, and the jungle is changed. Changes from Riot are what cause meta changes. We lowly players can't change the meta. Trying to do is, as stated, gimmicky, and will only work in the short term.
That is only partially correct.
Players can change the meta, but that requires a stable game environment where players can fully explore the potential of the existing game and true emergent gameplay can occur. Riot's business model interferes with emergent gameplay because the game itself changes every 1-2 weeks. This has a revolving door of strategies and character combinations. One day Vlad is unstoppable in lane due to massive sustain, the next, he's nerfed to hell and unplayable. This causes his ulti to be removed and the AoE team comp is less strong for it. There's a huge daisy chain of effects that can be caused by just nerfing or buffing 1 skill on 1 champion.
So long as riot continuously changes the game balance, the meta will never truly be in the player's hands. You have far fewer emergent strategies when players aren't given enough time to experiment beyond the existing/recommended strategies.