Back when Soraka and Warwick's stories were changed, I had a bit of a contention with Runaan about the creative direction that LoL was going. I felt that the changes to WW and Soraka weakened them as characters, and made them less compelling and engaging. Runaan was nice enough to reply to me, and she essentially just disagreed with me outright. Creative differences and all that good stuff. Can't do much to change or argue with that.
This is different. Thresh has a serious problem. In creative writing, there is a tried and true concept that you whenever possible, you show, not tell. Thresh's story is weak, because the entire story is told, not shown.
Thresh's lore is nothing but an information dump. Which is a darn shame, because I think that as a concept, and as a visual design, he's absolutely fascinating. A "chain warden," who goes around collecting souls from the fields of justice. You know, the place where you supposedly can't really die. Thresh is an aberration of that long-established principle. He collects the souls of those who fall in battle regardless of whether or not they will revive later. That is a terrifying concept. It's a game changer. There should be a strong, compelling story that communicates that to the reader, that makes the reader feel as terrified as a competitor on the fields of justice would.
Instead what we have is a dry, boring, disengaging piece. It honestly feels more like a character proposal, or a psychological profile. Lots of telling us about how terrifying he is, or how people are scared of him. But this does nothing to draw me into the story. I do not feel engaged with this character at all. This is a sure sign of poor writing.
When Riot announced that they were taking lore more seriously, and that they had hired a bunch of new people to work on sprucing up the lore and making it better, I was expecting to see some real, tangible changes. A quality bump in the writing. This is not a quality bump, this is a downgrade. This is less than good writing.
Personally, I think Thresh's entire lore should scrapped and re-written. I'm sure we're far too late in his development cycle for that to happen now, but it's what the character deserves, and frankly, it's what we deserve too. Runaan and team, I really hope that you aren't ignoring the constructive criticism that the community is giving you, because this is the second major blunder in our minds that has happened in the past year (the first being the WW/Soraka lore remakes). I won't speak for all of the community, but personally I am quickly losing trust in the lore team at Riot. Story is an important part of game development, and I expect the same level of quality from the Lore team that I do from the Live, Sound, and Art team.
Get it together guys.
Edit: I originally said that I had a discussion with Kitae about it; I was wrong, it was with Riot Runaan. Edited to reflect this fact.