Originally Posted by Fffogolin
Lore has sucked since the chinese overlords decided to scrap the department. Unfortunately I guess we should get used to it...
Believe it or not... Tencent does not decide what goes on with the lore. They invest in Riot Games, but ultimately the control is in Riot's corner. The idea that they are controlled by "chinese overlords" is complete and utter bigotry, and to be perfectly honest that comment doesn't belong in here.
That note aside... I agree with the OP. The idea that the Zaunite government would kidnap a large portion of the Piltovian proffessors is really... Meh. I mean honestly, they've been at war before, but this is just a seemingly random step. They supposably kidnapped everyon... From the center of Piltover... And managed to get them to an undisclosed location that is also a super-fortress?!
However, this idea is not some merit. It could have easily been that the Piltovian proffessors were meeting with Zaunite officials for peace talks, and they foolishly agreed to the terms of the Zaunites. When talks went sour, they simply up and kidnapped them. Ziggs, apparently being the only destructive soul in Piltover, was tasked with rescuing them, deeming the League as too slow a medium for their release. So rather than waiting for intervention from the League, Ziggs took matters into his own hands and ultimately suprised the Zaunites by doing something that they never expected Piltover to do. Blow up everything.
I mean honestly, they are Piltovian. They do strike me as the "walk all over me" type sometimes. Unlike Zaun, they are much more cautious and calculated. This makes them slow to act, which explains why Ziggs saw it as the perfect oppurtunity to gain their favour once more.
However, what I would have loved to see is a scorned Ziggs defecting to the Zaunites. Rejected by his own people, he turns to the government of Zaun. This move would go a long ways in explaining a lot of his quirky and destructive ways. He always struck as a maddened scientist, with a touch of the Veigar "kill you all because I'm short" syndrome. Ziggs could easily be portrayed as a yordle who simply doesn't have enough companions.
Besides, Zaun is really lacking in burst mages, where as Piltover and Bandle City are already loaded on squishies. It works in that sense too!