RageAgainstVoid wrote:But it's kinda a shame, while Blizzard got better talent shaping up their characters, overall that Jinx music video got more charme... Riot's not that easy out yet still, I guess. The thing though is, what may beat out everyone else eventually, Blizzard's franchises are just too well developed and marketed now, all their characters got so much more punch in meaning through their huge single player campaigns, the rest of the market just can't compete with that in terms of identification, in that sense it's still so much more coherent than the others, no matter how silly it gets.
Riot are hurting a lot in others areas now, and people are getting frustrated. The game is plagued with abusive behaviour, an ex-riot member essentially abusers the servers at will and banishes accounts to other servers while white knighting a girl who has been elo-boosted. Not to mention the ranked system is falling apart to the point where different Riot members have given different explanations as to how the system works, only for everyone to see that none of those explanations are what is happening. Pros and casual players alike are beginning to complain daily in public spaces.
The Europe West server is still unstable, despite the severe backlash they have been getting. The new 'amazing' jungle changers are literally a tacky looking creep camp placed incredibly awkwardly on the map.
The game is stale, and has been for well over a year. New champions are either incredibly awkward or incredibly op, and at Worlds and latest competitions only an extremely small pool of the total heroes are actually played. This is a direct result of ineffective nerfing of the game, the lack of understanding of what a healthy game is, and the total prevention of allowing players to develop counter play to Flavour of the Month heroes and strategies before changing them out and making OP become irrelevant.
While their advertising and production values are enticing to some, they keep falling in other areas - and there is definitely dissatisfaction and discontent brooding in the player base. The fact that Riot have made no real strides to improve any of these aspects isn't doing them good.
This is basically Blizzard's big play to get back in favour - since the merger they have been nothing but awful, and as you said they have the character identification and money to splash the scene and really hurt LoL. From what was said, it sounds like the game has a long way to go - but we can only hope Blizzard have finally worked it out. Hearthstone is showing promising signs, so it's really time to turn it up a notch.