I started well before season 1 and I remember having such high hopes for riot, not just league of legends but the company its self. However you have been every so slowly losing the traits that made me such a big fan and it makes me sad.
Let me start of with the lack of lore as of late. I used to enjoy reading league judgments just as much as I enjoyed new champions. It was often the case that after reading a judgment I would want that champion, knowing the lore behind why they where there and what they where fighting for when I summoned them was powerful. Here lately I find what little lore is being given to be a let down, I know you guys can do better!
The journal of justice is gone now too, that was always so amusing to read threw. I loved how it was set up almost like a news paper. I loved getting to know little bits of information I didn't know before about champions, and the world they live in. It really added to the fantasy of the game and gave it so much more depth. I dont understand what caused you guys to give up on the lore, but it makes me sad.
I'm not alone here, look at the insanity that followed when ironstylus and morello had there little "war" on the forums. It was great fun, there was a story, there was a reason for people to take sides and do things. There was a ton of community involvement in that, every one seemed to love it. Thats the kind of emotion and power that good lore has!
Lore aside, you guys are starting lose your transparency about what's going. I understand that with this large and ever growing player base its inevitable. However I really wish you could start being a bit more open about things. I loved the patch previews at first, that was a great step at letting people know why your doing the buffs and nerfs. Sadly they almost seem more like a short run threw of a couple of things your changing now than they do insight into the reason behind them. The more information and more of your thought processes you put in there, the less question's people are going to have!
Same thing goes for when you delay a patch, just let every one know its been delayed like you have been. You just need to keep people updated on it, you do good about it, really you do. However is it to much to ask for the post explaining that its been delayed to be updated daily with, "its not making it out today" or "it will be at least a couple of days before its out". I dont want you guys to set any kind of deadline on it, fixing it first is the main priority. Its just the more you let us know, the less we have to ask or wander.
You guys shouldn't fear community backlash over being open, if you know its going to take a lot of work to fix a patch just say so. If your trying to break a certain play style or meta with changes, just say so. Really the community should be glad for the information we get, and I know there's a large number of summoners who are thankful when your open about whats going on.
Those that rage, and post all these hateful threads or the flipping chair's meme threads are not all of us. Many of us come to the forums looking for information about whats going on, and its kind of a let down when things are being left in the dark. I do thank every single one of you rioters that post on the forums and try to help answer questions. Your doing such great things for your company in doing so.
This is a very long post, and a lot of rambling but I'm just trying to point out that your company is changing, and its not all for the better. I might be asking to much, I know you dont owe me any of this. I'm just trying to point out how I fill about it, and I cant be the only one.
I'm not going to point any fingers here and I'm not trying to step on any toe's but I cant help but wonder if Tencent could have any involvement in this. I've seen it happen before, a great company that care's about there game and its players gets bought out. Then over time they are slowly corrupted by the larger company losing what it was about them that was so great. I just hope you guys are standing your ground and doing what RIOT wants, not what the suits tell you.
I'm starting to get worried for you guys, the game is growing and has became so much better yet at the same time it's losing so much. I really just dont want to see you guys go down the slippery slope that I've seen so many others fall down. Blizzard and BioWare where company's I used to love, if a game had there tag, I had to have it. But now I wont touch any game they put out even if I want too. Why? there no longer putting out the quality titles that they used to, now there more worried about making there overlord parent company's happy than making a great game.
Tl:dr The old riot really changed the way I think of game company's. Over time there starting to lose some of there great traits and slide more into the ways of other company's. This is my way of making a plea and I can't help but fill I'm not the only that fills this way.
Edit: If you agree (the hole post not reading just the tl;dr) please +1 and post so riot see's that I'm not the only one that fills this way.
Edit 2: I'd like to thank riot for answering every thing I brought up in this post. Now for the community, while I do encourage feed back for riot. PLEASE keep it as constructive feedback not demoralizing or hate filled.