This is disappointing...
With regards to the Pulsefire Teemo comic, it's most likely due to the panel format. They did say it would be a major factor.
Use the template: we’re going to be sticklers and insist that your comic is created using our template file and submitted in the same format, but incorrigible contrarians may color outside the lines as they see fit
Then again, NEITHER DID ONE OF THE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS FOLLOW THE TEMPLATE ACCURATELY.
And some comics barely have buffs integrated, they're just there for the sake of being able to enter.