Originally Posted by Celebi
There's nothing wrong with the recent line of champions, but when you look at the entire line-up, all of our champions, there's definitely an imbalance. You get 1 troll, 1 centaur, 1 half-dragon, 1 phoenix, and the rest is filled with humans, futuristic warriors and robotic entities.
I don't know if you purposefully forget those, but I think it's important you realize a LOT of other characters come from different mythologies... We do not have only those 4 creatures and other humans-and-robots.
1 fox-lady, from Korean/Japanese/Chinese mythology
1 minotaur, from Greek mythology
1 phoenix, as you mentioned
1 kind-of-gorgon, from Greek mythology
1 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kind-of-character, from contemporary English folklore
1 spider-lady, from Greek mythology
1 mummy, from contemporary folklore, but Egyptian inspiration
1 gargoyle, from christian and French folklore
1 centaur, as you mentioned
1 skeletal Magus, from many different folklores
2 angels, from Christian and Hebraic mythology
A few alien-like creatures, from contemporary folklore
1 faery, from many folklores
1 golem, from Hebraic mythology
1 living tree, from many folklores, including the one created by your beloved Tolkien
1 dog-man, from Egyptian mythology
1 cat-woman, from many First Nations folklore
1 yeti, from contemporary folklore
1 alligator-man, from Egyptian mythology
1 half-dragon, as you mentioned
1 zombie, from Voodoo mythology
1 dryad, from Greek mythology
1 troll, as you mentioned
1 vampire, from many different folklores
1 monkey-man, from Chinese mythology
1 father-time kind of character, from many different folklores
Sure, it's not Tolkienesque, but does it have to be? You can't say they are not taking inspiration anywhere. I think the mistake you make is assuming they are straying from their Tolkien routes, whereas I believe they are simply following their mythology/cyber-punk crossover. I do agree, however, that they are recently straying more and more from the mythos to the logos and adding hextech characters after hextech characters.
EDIT: I forgot the 1 mermaid, from Greek mythology as well.