Originally Posted by Zkaiser
His lore "issue" is the easiest fix ever. You don't even have to touch Maokai himself!
-The League realizes that the official league battles are making the Twisted Treeline worse.
-They decide to scout around for an area to replace it at Maokai's request.
-(Insert Shadow Isles champ) leads them toward the Shadow Isles (implying a sinister motive)
-They find the perfect spot and import some nexuses.
-Rename new TT to Shadow Lanes or something
-Keep old TT the same and leave it as a custom queue
You're right, that is the easiest way.
Then you get this:
Along the same lines, Kitae also mentioned that Maokai's lore will be updated in the near future, seeing as how he originated from the old Twisted Treeline map
"We are planning on doing a lore update for Maoki in the future.
As a preview, Maoki will not become an undead tree. He will retain a connection to TT as a connection to the Shadow Isles, but he will not be a Shadow Isles champion. As a proponent of nature, he will see the shadow isles as an abomination."
Cited from http://www.surrenderat20.net/2012/10...on-reddit.html
What you suggested is the absolute easiest way to not only please everyone and make the most amount of sense, but requires less work on their part than rewriting more and more. That doesn't seem to be in their plan however.