In the case of Viego specifically I have no complaints really, he appropriately looks different from Morde, and his appearance fits his story very well, and is an interesting direction for the ruined king.
That said, for female characters, and now male characters too, it feels like riot is losing the variety in character designs that were especially evident in like seasons 4 through 6. We used to regularly get characters like rek'sai, taliyah, azir, gnar etc back to back. Now it's like, you get 5 hot champs and 1 monster champ who is maybe also kinda hot, per year.
I don't think any particular design is wrong. Some have been some great firsts for diversity in league in other ways, like Senna being our first black woman in the game. But esp when it comes to body type diversity, we're hurting lately. And frankly it just feels like league is catering too heavily towards chinese fan tastes at the expense of the rest of us.
It's not just about more monster characters either. We need more types of humans too. Overwatch does this quite well, with characters like Brigitte or Tjorn...bjorene... and their characters are memorable as a result. It also helps the hotties stand out from the crowd too so I really consider it a win win for everyone in the long run.
Listen, I like the occasional twink and all, but let's also sometimes have characters that look less like thirst traps and more like they come from a diverse world of all kinds of people. Even more characters that look like darius or swain would be welcome, as well as more like taliyah camille illaoi etc on the girl side.
Constantly I see people complaining that leaders are toxic for not inviting them because of X,Y,Z but at the same time you have to realise that player has to repeat a lower key if the group fails whereas you can simply join another group (in theory.)
The keystone holder is punished far more for failure than anyone joining the group, even if it isn't his fault. There's a reason people want meta classes with 15 item levels higher than required and an RIO better than you can obtain from said level.
If I'm hosting a +12 and I can find 220 fire mages, boomkins, windwalkers and hunters with 1k+ RIO then you can bet I'm going to take them over the 210 800 assassin rogue. Is the rogue perfectly capable in theory? Sure. Why would I take him over the objectively better player based on the information I'm presented with?
If you want into progression as DPS then host your own group and invite random people also doing progression, see how long it takes before you change your tune. Everyone wants to be given a chance but nobody wants to deal with degrading their own key giving other people a chance.
TL;DR: punishment for failure for specifically the leader is too high, leading to extremely selective criteria boosted by the sheer amount of DPS applicants.
As convenient as it is, I think these kind of comments are just scapegoating another player base that they've generalised and do not/can not respond. This is not unlike Western K-pop fans blaming their Korean counterparts for toxicity in idol culture.
Apparently, because they can't understand Chinese opinions further, it's okay to pin the blame on them, because they've created a hypothetical scenario where they stand on the moral high ground.
What's worse is that they don't acknowledge that other regions (yes, even yours) could have similar preferences. For example, Lunar New Year skins continue to be rolled out but Christmas skins haven't but it's not like Riot haven't put out the statistics to back up
their business decisions the idea that even NA prefers using other skins over Christmas skins.
I realise that Riot did very little, if anything, this year for Christmas specifically. They didn't even announce the skins were on sale. But it becomes a gimmick if people just want a Christmas skins for the sake of having them around. If you do enjoy Christmas skins, I suggest supporting the many artists out there who have the most creative designs.
Is this borderline racist? Probably not, none of the comments really have harmful intentions. But it does read like bullying. Something hasn't gone your way, you don't want the responsibility, there is someone you can dump the blame on, they can't fight back - it's just the easiest solution. Please stop.
Edit: tldr; Some of these comments have shaped my thoughts better. Don't be mad at China for having preferences that do not reflect your own. Complain to Riot, not about China.
Edit 2: Side question: Why is it that China is always on the "bad guys" side (edit 3: in terms of League)? Why can other East Asian influenced skins Spirit Blossom (Japanese) and K/DA (Korean) have such positive response but when it comes to Lunar Revel or Immortal Journeys, it always comes off as just the token skin line that appeals to Chinese fans?