Originally Posted by Hamtigers
Thank you for not calling me a mindless hater, but I think you are still missing the major point we are trying to make. I am not trying to invalidate your opinion, if you like the new Soraka that's great for you! I just want to try and make sure you understand where I and many others are coming from, since you seem hellbent on dismissing us as haters rather than people who just hope that riot will hear and consider our opinion. After all, Riot lets us comment on this so that we can give our opinion. (I've only been disliking the "omg so hot" and "fap" posts along with those claiming us trying to voice our opinion are trolls or haters. There's nothing wrong with people liking the new Soraka... so long as it's not ONLY because "they can fap to her now that she's hot".)
The point is we feel they could have made her look nicer without making her look like a completely different character. Her old face was, in my opinion, elegant looking and believe it or not, still very human looking. For an example of a famous (and generally thought of as good looking) person with such bony facial structure, google Cher. I honestly really enjoyed Soraka's cheek bones because as I said, it made her look different while (in my opinion) not making her look ugly.
I understand there are those who didn't enjoy it, but there are plenty of females that have the "standard beauty" in the game already. You don't see me complaining that not every male character looks as rugged/masculine/Handsome as Jarvan, Garen, or Graves(there are other examples too). It doesn't bother me that Ezreal is feminine, or that Zilean is old, or Varus is covered in dark goo, that fiddlesticks is a scarecrow, that Cho is a literal monster, or that Urgot is an abomination. Why? Because they are all their own characters and concepts, of course they aren't going to all be the same. We have plenty of non-humanoid male characters, but our only non-humanoid female is Anivia. (notice I said non-humanoid, not non-human.)
Basically, changing her facial structure is erasure of acknowledgement of non-"perfect" ideals of beauty. As I said above... for some reason no one seems to notice or mind if not every male character is attractive, so why does every single female need to be? I have no issue with Attractive female characters. Hell, Sivir comes across as a massive **** and I think she's a great character and I enjoy playing her(she... needs a model upgrade pretty badly too.). Having some sexy characters is never a bad thing. The problem is that over the years and decades its become really annoying how games and other forms of media just seem bent on erasing the idea that there is more than one idea of "attractive" for women. They also changed her body shape (referring mostly to her chest size and impossibly tiny waist) to be more "sexy".
As for the legs... well, I understand some people just aren't into the monster girl thing but that's what Soraka was. i'm jut a bit disappointed that Riot gave up their vision for such a unique character in favor of something "sexy" rather than just trying to spruce up what they already had to make it graphically match the newer stuff. I'm just glad they didn't remove the horse legs completely, I just wish they weren't so... thin. They honestly just don't look like they support her anymore unless that's just the tiny screenshots distorting my perception of their size, which is entirely possible.
(I also liked the yellow details better too. They stood out more and also the dark blue on the blue just... supports everyone comparing her to a Na'vi, which is painful for me to see people just instantly equating her to that. As you said though, that is a trivial thing to whine over, which is why it hasn't been a major point of complaint for me, I just mentioned it in passing in my first post back on page 80)
Trust me I agree that making every female character sexy is kind of annoying. I don't always admit this but I am gay and many people instantly think I am straight because I am a male and I tend to support sexy female artwork. I like hers for a few reasons: The color on it is much better and flowing. The character model is much more realistic and not looking like an 8th grader drew it. Her legs are turned the right way (ya I know this is a divided opinion point lol). Nothing has been done with her since game launch.
I support this change MOSTLY and probably only because we have asked for something for Soraka for a very long time. I have made countless comments and posts about her getting a new skin and well, this is on the right track. It gets me excited because something new for her should be on the way, and isn't that what EVERY Soraka player has wanted all along? A new skin? So even if she is sexy now, has different colors and legs, and looks much younger, she will still play the same. Heck she even has cooler new animations! But I know what you mean by all the sexy female champions, that is a known fact. If they would have simply made her old model more realistic and added fresher clearer colors that would have made me just as happy. So anyways, heres to a future, unsexy badass female champ! *Cheers*