Recently I've seen two threads that received massive community upvotes about small tweaks to skins that would make them seem a lot more thematically whole.
One was changing Sweetheart Annie's flames to pink (much like Frostfire has blue). The other was to make Marauder Ashe have more dark themed arrows than the default bright blue magical ones.
In both threads the response from Riot was, "Very nice idea but I'm afraid it won't be changed in the skin!" (paraphrasing).
Can I ask **why?**
From a technical standpoint these changes are extremely simple and I cannot imagine it would take more than 10 minutes of someone's time to change.
From a QA standpoint they are simple recolors, so I can't imagine it having much of an impact on the game that they could not be sneaked into the game late in the development cycle.
I'm honestly baffled as to why these small tweaks that receive a lot of community feedback keep getting denied. These seem like small victories that would be so easy to accomplish and get you guys back onto the track of having a reputation of a game company that listens to their community (which I see more and more people getting frustrated with as the years go on).
*--EDIT: Including a little information on particles and how they work for context below--*
To change the color of a particle, in most cases you just need to change the color of the sprite *(the image(s) used to control the shape of the particle).*
To better understand, here is an example of what is commonly known as a "sprite sheet": http://www.nordenfelt-thegame.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/explosion_opaque.png
Each of those images within the sprite sheet is played in succession to create an exploding effect, in this example.
Anyone familiar with Photoshop knows it'd be much easier to adjust a few sliders in the hue/saturation of the image to change the color than to create this from scratch.
Knowing this, I can understand why a particle **REWORK ** *(completely new particles)* could change the pricing tier of a skin, but a particle **RECOLOR ** *(i.e. change the hue of Annie's flames from red to pink)* is very minimal work and I can't see why it should change the pricing tier.